Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we studied for her quiz that she will be taking tomorrow on finding trigonometric identity, solving trigonometric equations and so on. She has guidelines for possible quiz questions, and we solved several problems on practice paper about trigonometric identities. Then we moved ahead solving trigonometric equations. We solved a couple of them together to be able to remember what was it about, and then she solved more by herself. After we finalized working on quiz problems, we touched upon the new topic they have learned about, double and half identities. I showed her one problem and she solved 4 more problems by herself under my observation."
"In this session, the student and I finished reviewing Pythagorean triples and their relation to trig functions, and we revisited how to graph functions and their inverses. I left her with a couple of problems that involve solving numerical values for all six trig functions"
"Tonight was the first time I tutored the student. He is learning about sin, cos, tan, cot, sec, & csc. He has a great grasp on these terms. We also worked on converting from degrees to radicals and radicals to degrees. The only concept he was struggling with was cos(x)^2 + sin(x)^2 = 1. After a few problems, he was fully understanding the concept."
"Today the student worked on multiplication, focusing on 3s and 6s. He used a multiplication chart again since multiplication equations are still new to his class, but he would repeat the entire equation for each problem so that they would start to become familiar to him. As we worked on word problems involving the multiplication, he was better today at recognizing some of the keywords that are needed to understand what the question is asking him to solve. Review problems involving charts and tables were also included and he had no problems with them once he slowed down and read the problems carefully. The slowing down and taking the time to really understand what the problem is asking for is something we continue to work on, and he is doing it with less resistance than when we first started doing it. We also worked on skip counting and going through basic facts for 1s through 5s of multiplication so that he will start being able to memorize them. One particular highlight of today was when he stopped during a problem and connected the multiplication we were doing to a really long addition problem, which I thought was a positive sign that he is understanding the concept behind multiplication. We finished off today's session by introducing a short chapter book that we will read together over the next few sessions. We discussed the features of print present in the book and did some predictions about what it would be about based off of a picture and a reading of the characters in the book."
"Today the student and I reviewed his math and science homework. His math assignment was focused on cube and square roots. His science homework covered the beginning lessons on physical and chemical changes. He was able to complete the math homework with 100% of the answers correct. He will have to finish his science on his own."
"First the student finished his science homework. He needed some support remembering the steps of the scientific method, but after going through it, he had it down pat. He completed a series of word problems. We worked through considering what the problem was asking and then how to approach each problem with a strategy. Next we reviewed 4 digit addition and subtraction problems using a whiteboard. He needs to line his digits up properly so we discussed strategies to stay organized. To end the session he completed 5 word problems that incorporated the strategies discussed. The student was receptive to the strategies and eager to use what I asked him to."