Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Law of Sines, Law of Cosine, Vectors in the Plane were discussed. I saw the student's most recent quiz grade. I left the student with extra practice."
"We covered implicit differentiation and infinite limits. I left him with practice problems from the web that are readily available."
"Today, the student and I worked on trigonometric identities and manipulating those identities. His main struggle in pre-calculus is getting hung up on the vernacular (i.e. cos, sin, tan, sec, csc, cot). He is able to do the basic algebra when I insert an "x" in place of the identities but gets hung up with the algebra when the identities are involved. I told him that he really needs to practice his algebra in order to become better accustomed to the trigonometry problems. He is a smart kid, but really needs to work on practice problems in order to become more confident with his math skills."
"We covered extrema, local max and min on graphs and polynomials, and also went through the remediation for the problems missed on the last transformation test."
"My second session with this student was focused around quadratic functions; primarily manipulating them into different forms to garner information such as critical points, slope, roots, etc. The student continued to work through a couple different online assignments that she had been struggling to complete on her own. The main success from this session was clarifying what types of conversions/ manipulations are necessary when trying to find certain kinds of information. For instance, we found that trying to find the maximum/ minimum value of a quadratic function when given in standard form is most directly done by converting it to vertex form (i.e. completing the square), and identifying the constant value k as the extreme value. A few other situations we were able to address were finding roots of rational polynomials, identifying zeroes or maxima of thrown/ free falling objects, and how to determine if a function is even, odd, or neither. Attention to detail and maintaining correct signs and exponents is still an area for slight improvement and will help tremendously with making sure that errors are kept to a minimum. The student seemed much more comfortable overall with some of this material. Fortunately there are significant resources available within the platform to help, which has come in handy a few times during our sessions so far."
"We covered graphing and determining the equations of tan and cotan functions. He worked on the homework problems first, then continued with two worksheets. He is working through these problems very well."