Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student presented homework assignments to go over. For the most part, the student understood the problems and answered them correctly. There was one problem in particular, however, that he struggled with. It was a word problem that made use of the ambiguous case when applying the Law of Sines, a concept he and I have been working on the past couple of weeks. Once he realized that that's what the problem was calling for, he solved it with ease. After reviewing his homework, I presented him with some older concepts that the student has yet to master - namely, domain and range, and what the graphs of various functions look like. I will continue to work in the weak points into our sessions until he has a strong grasp of the concepts."
"We started this session by reviewing her most recent exam. We went over the confusing problems and talked about what testing strategies she found most helpful. For this week's content, we focused on series and sequences. She had seen a lot of this material in a previous class, so we focused on reviewing the concepts of arithmetic and geometric series and sequences and how to identify which equation to use in particular situations. Towards the end of the session, we talked about test anxiety and preparing for the upcoming exam."
"Went over more trig applications. We reviewed the law of sines and went over its applications. We then went over a problem set to practice the concepts. The student had an overall easy time going through the problems and was able to successfully answer them. We then went over physics/chemistry and the periodic table. We went over the different element groups present in the table. She has an upcoming test on it, but feels more comfortable with the material."
"I met with the student for our first meeting and focused our session on assessing where she was at in her studies. She did need some refreshing on using the unit circle. Overall, she did very well and made improvements. We are going to meet again on Thursday."
"The student and I worked exercises from section 8.3 of his book. It covered algebraic solutions to trig equations. Once he saw how the problems related to finding angles on the unit circle he seemed to really understand it."
"The student said the test he took this week went well. We then went over what he has learned since he completed his exam, which was law of sines and law of cosines. We specifically went over the "ambiguous" case for law of sines where more than 1 triangle is capable of existing given 2 adjacent sides and an angle."
"Tonight the student and I went over equations involving Logs and exponential functions. We worked on methods for solving a variable and graphing these equations. We also worked on some word problems that involved logs and exponential functions."
"The student and I reviewed for her upcoming test in Advanced Mathematics. As we have done in previous sessions, we reviewed a variety of topics. Using her homework assignments, we reviewed law of cosines, trigonometric identities, vectors and vector addition, and functions. I provided the student with practice problems for vectors and functions. She has an exam this Friday, and we both agree she is in good position."
"The student and I covered parametric equations of lines and conic sections. I showed him some of the theory of how and why conic sections are used. Afterwards I gave him tips on solving problems. Once he understood the concepts, he did very well solving problems."
"Today we reviewed for the student's pre-calc exam over polynomial equations. We reviewed how to find roots of polynomial equations. The student was having a little trouble with complex roots, but we went over the concepts of this (if you have one complex root, you have to have its conjugate as a root as well) and she seemed to catch on. We also reviewed end behavior and how a graph of a function can reflect root multiplicity. We then reviewed some electrostatics concepts for the student's physics class. Overall, this went very well - the math concepts aren't anything new, we just introduced a new way to calculate an electrostatic force."
"Today we worked through most of Chapter two and the examples to help the student to understand the material. After working through the sections, we moved on to the problems that she was assigned and completed a couple of them together. She seemed pretty confident in the material that we worked through together and thought that she could try to finish the rest of the 2.4 problems on her own before next session. She has a lot of material to catch up on, but she is very capable of understanding the material when we can sit together and work through the lessons."
"This week we worked on converting between polar and rectangular coordinates, with a specific focus on recognizing identities to use when converting back and forth. The student has a test on this next week, so we will meet this Sunday to review and prepare to make sure she feels totally confident going into it."