Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we started our review for the student's final next week. We worked through about 3/4 of her practice final. We did all of the calculator section and half of the non-calculator section. The exam is a fairly comprehensive look at all of the topics we've covered with an emphasis on piece-wise functions and all of the trig material. She is doing well with knowing what questions are asking (i.e. to find extreme points we use the 1st derivative, to find concavity and POIs we use the 2nd derivative, etc.). She did ok with the piece-wise function question, but that is definitely her weakest point. We are going to do some more practice problems with piece-wise functions in our final session next week. I feel like she has a pretty good handle on the trig stuff; she just needs to study up on the derivative identities. She did say that she is allowed 1 page of notes for her final, which she plans on writing down in case she needs to reference them. Overall I think she is in a good place for being well prepared for her final. We are going to continue our review next week with a focus on the areas she is not feeling as comfortable with."
"We continued preparing for the Pre-Calculus final. His mom and I had a conversation along with the student after the session, so I think she is very informed of where he is right now."
"We met for the first time to prepare for her upcoming Pre-Calculus final, which will be held on Thursday of this week. I reviewed various subjects for her starting with trigonometric identities, functions, graphs, and theorems. She was given a review packet, which she had mostly completed by the time of our session. Some questions were a bit too difficult, but mostly she needed only a few clarifications before she was able to solve them herself. One problem, for example, needed a creative solution by incorporating the law of sines. She is sharp, attentive, and hard-working. I believe she will be able to do well even within the tight timeline that we have."
"We worked on problems of series and sequences including to identify the recursive relation between terms, to identify arithmetic series and common difference, to identify geometric series and its common ratio; and how to sum these series. The student needs to work more of such exercises."
"We worked on some extra practice questions for her upcoming final. We covered asymptotes, intercepts and inverses of functions. We also covered graphs of polynomial functions, and equations for conic sections. Finally, we covered trigonometrical functions, equations and graphs."
"In today's session, I worked with the student on going over test corrections. We went through each question that was incorrect. First, we talked about what he was thinking on the test, and looked at his work. Then we went over the correct solutions and explained the theory behind the answer to make sure he understood where the mistake was. This exam covered topics about angles, distance, and the Pythagorean theorem. I discussed some test strategies with him based on what I saw on his exam. He made arithmetic errors mainly, so we talked about slowing down, writing his work clearer, and going back and checking his calculations before moving on to the next problem. We also made sure to discuss the properties of angles that were not executed on the exam. After finishing test corrections, we worked through some online exercises that had to do with monomials, congruent and similar figures."