Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was my first meeting with the student. We covered trigonometry. This included definitions and properties of trigonometric functions, including graphing of sine and cosine. We studied properties of sine and cosine and how to graph the general function y = A sin(k x + b). We also did some problems in rotation and kinematics of uniform circular motion."
"It appears the student is very comfortable with the current material. We briefly reviewed the current sections; he understood them well. He asked that we work on the extra credit online problems. We finished nearly 2 sets of problems. It was good to see that the test the student took, over the material we covered, was a high C. That was much higher than his previous test. However, we both expected his grade to be higher. I was very surprised. The student will ask his teacher to see which problems he missed- where his weaknesses are. I also asked if we could find out how he did compared to the class, his percentile rank on this last test. His mother said she'll see if I can discuss the students math progress with his teacher. We are set to meet again next weekend."
"We covered polar coordinates and equations, previewed a lesson in polar equations with conics and reviewed past material for test-prep. The student understood the material and concepts well. We discussed strategies for taking the test and methods for breaking down problems."
"We worked on solving right triangles and inverse trig functions. We talked about how to restrict the domain of a function to give it a local inverse, using the example of f(x)=x^2. Then we applied this to the sine, cosine, and tangent functions. I gave him several problems evaluating inverse trig functions and compositions similar to sin(inverse cosine)."
"The student has an exam on Thursday which is going to cover polar coordinates, hyperbolas, ellipses and parabolas. We made sure to cover all the topics today. We also went over not be making simple calculation mistakes."
"I quizzed the student on polynomial long division and rational functions (as a review from previous sessions). Extended quiz to include logarithmic laws, conversion from logs to exponential functions and vice versa. Also included evaluating logarithms. Discussed and demonstrated how to solve an exponential equation in which the variable was in the exponent using logarithms."
"Worked with the student on solving for a variable in rational (fractions with variables in the denominator) for Equations and Inequalities. Showed her how to use easier techniques. Also worked on techniques with plugging in the answers for the ACT along with an introduction to English techniques for the ACT."
"The student completed the assignment in conics for test corrections. In addition, we conducted practice problems and homework on multiplying and dividing rational expressions."
"We started focusing on finding the domains of functions and seeing how this new concept integrates the concepts he's been previously working on. The student is still learning about factoring polynomials with a leading coefficient other than 1, but he has been provided practice for it. He also has further practice finding the domains of functions and a short quiz on general concepts of functions."
"The student had been absent from school the previous Friday, so I explained the content of that lesson on function operations and composition to him. We then worked through the homework for that lesson. He has a quiz this Thursday, so we also talked about some test prep strategies. He scored an 80 on his last unit test, which he said was quite an improvement."
"The student had review problems to practice for her test tomorrow. We reviewed quadratic equations (finding the vertex and translations), long division, synthetic division, factoring, simplifying complex numbers into standard form, and rational functions (vertical and horizontal asymptotes)."
"Reviewed for the student's test. He had little trouble going over practice problems. I gave him some tips on what to focus on and what will be the main focus of the test. He seems confident in his abilities."