Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did an overall review of the chapter on Logarithmic and Exponential functions to prepare the student for her upcoming test. Besides what we had covered before, we went over exponential growth and decay, continuously compounded growth, yearly compounded growth, and radioactive decay using half-life."
"We started what the student thought was her current homework, but it turned out to be from the next chapter! As she was completely unfamiliar with it I gave her a mini-lesson in the material; we only realized it was the wrong section after nearly completing it. This will certainly help her with upcoming lessons though. We moved on to the actual homework which covers more advanced trig functions and concepts. She felt her most recent test was difficult, though says most students thought the same, but some sections were easier than she had anticipated. She will not see it graded until later this week."
"We covered the linear, quadratic, and absolute value inequalities in preparation for the student's exam on Monday. I did not see any grades. He needs help most with factoring, particularly with factoring quadratics with a leading coefficient other than 1. He has improved his understanding of inequalities greatly, though."
"In class she is now working with composition of functions and polynomials. We discussed how to find the domain and range of a composition of functions. She was studying synthetic division and finding roots in the polynomials material. After a bit of review she was able to do polynomial long division and factor some high order polynomials with the help of her calculator."
"We covered the laws of sines and cosines; specifically the ambiguous cases. She was struggling with choosing which formulas to use based on the information provided in the problem: which to use based on the relevant data. I plan on emailing her with some extra problems."
"We reviewed finding the inverse of a function and using the vertical/horizontal line tests to tell if something is a function. We also looked at reflecting a graph over y=x to graph the inverse. We went over the next section - finding discontinuities and determining what happens wen a function approaches positive and negative infinity. Need more practice with using the graphing calculator to find features of a graph."
"Reviewed trigonometry. The student seems comfortable with the subject and was able to perform the problems I assigned him with little trouble. We reviewed his grades and discussed some ideas on how to improve performance in the classroom."
"Completed her review sheet for her exam tomorrow: Calculating roots, inequalities, Asymptotes, Rational Zero Theorem, Synthetic Division and translations. No concerns from this session."
"We started the session by reviewing a recent test on logarithms. We moved on to expanding on the material from last week, which included reflections and vertical and horizontal translations of functions. This time, we focused on specific homework problems. Finally, we previewed the next section in the book, which focuses on vertical stretches and compressions of functions."
"We went over a few sections in her Algebra book, which covered polynomial functions, end behavior, power functions, and finding the vertex of quadratics. She did very well, once we went over the concepts."
"Today was my first session with the student. We went over distribution with rational numbers, combining exponents and radicals, the quadratic formula, graphing parabolas, and function manipulation."
"We went over problems involving functions. These included finding the vertex and axis of symmetry of a function, sketching the graph of a function, and determining the x-intercepts of a function. By the end of the session, the student was able to solve the problems correctly."