Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went through her chemistry review first. It was about thermodynamic and their rules. I explained the concept to her and I solved different problem with diagram and chemical equations. She understood them. Then we went through her algebra review and homework. it was about rational functions. She understood them and she was able to solve the questions with a little help. She needs to practice more. Doing the review is not enough to get a good grade on the test. She has to practice more and solve the questions without calculator."
"During this session, we worked on understanding rational functions and graphing those functions. She said she had a substitute the day that they went over the material and was a bit confused on the concepts so we went over the general concept of the section before looking at the homework problems assigned for that night. She was quick to grasp the concept but did have a few minor questions while doing the homework problems. The questions were cleared up and I believe that by the end of the session, she has a much stronger grasp of the material for that section."
"Today, we worked on review problems for the student's upcoming exam. The topics we covered were: basic personal finance, probability and data analysis. I worked with the student on all three topics. Since it had been a while since they learned the topics, the student had forgotten some of the statistical terminology, but remembered most of the key concepts and ideas. Since a lot of the questions were multiple choice, we also did some work with strategies for picking answers and that seemed to come naturally(i.e. Does this answer make sense or is it too big to be reasonable? What ones can you eliminate immediately?). For the sections I worked with them on, the student did well overall. Good job!"
"We went over simplifying radical expressions. This involved factoring out a square term underneath the radical. Afterwards, we moved on to hyperbolas and rational functions. While the student had no trouble graphing rational functions, she did have problems doing long division with polynomials. We went through a few questions regarding this, and she seemed to be understanding the process by the end. We went over simplifying rational expressions, multiplying, and adding them at the very end. I introduced the idea of finding a common denominator."
"In this session we covered trigonometry, vectors and polar coordinates. The student had already studied trigonometry so we just did a quick review. On the other hand, she hadn't yet studied vectors or polar coordinates so I quickly covered the basics of these two topics. Some of this included the basic setup of a vector, how to find a vector from two points and a unit vector. As well, we covered angles of vectors and using trigonometry to find a vector. We then went through the polar coordinate system and how to go from Cartesian to polar and vice versa. We dealt with points and equations in these two systems. Since she hadn't studied these before, I had her apply the new topics to practice problems."
"We reviewed practice problems to ensure understanding of concepts were solidified. Good progress! The student has a better understanding of writing conic equations/ completing the square and of basic trig and reciprocal trig definitions noted. We will work on sine/ cosine transformation worksheets next session. Other work-in-progress strategies/ techniques: memorize common trig values and identities."