Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed the student's review that is over limits and rational functions/graphs. He did not seem to thoroughly know the material. He was grasping the concepts at the end, but some of it seemed like he was "just grasping", which is not where one wants to be at a review. We had discussed some of these concepts in previous sessions, but it just takes redundancy for methods or ideas to really stick. I hope he will go through the review again before his test. Great guy, as always. Fun and easy to work with."
"The student and I went over a review sheet that was given by his teacher in preparation for the final exam scheduled for Wednesday. He has a solid understanding of the material that we covered and a clear process for answering each type of problem."
"The student and I went over more polar identities and some work with polynomials. The student was mainly concerned about applying de moivre's theorem but quickly improved as we practiced. The student appears to be ready for his final (takes it on Wednesday, 5/21)."
"Having completed her standardized tests for the year, the student is now focused on finals, which are next week. Tonight, her main concern was math. Recently, she had a test on conic sections that we worked on together, but that required a massive amount of very specific memorization. The structure of her class allows her to "retake" another version of each test, then use the better score and throw away the lower one. We spent most of this session preparing for this retake, which will take place tomorrow. Together, we reviewed the equations for hyperbolas, parabolas, and ellipses, as well as the conversions between rectangular and polar coordinates. Additionally, we worked through a puzzle-style extra credit problem and some probability review. Later this week and early next week, we will meet for a few extra-long sessions to master the rest of the content. I'm sure she will ace the test!"
"We went over a practice test she was given. It covered mostly Algebra 2 stuff and not pre-calculus. So there was factoring, solving for zeros, quadratic formula, solving inequalities, finding imaginary solutions, etc. At the end, we went over one problem from her next practice test, that was on natural logs."
"Today we covered inverse trigonometric functions. We went over the definitions, as well as looking over how they behave when composed with their parent functions. We then solved problems using the properties and incorporating the definition of sine, cosine, and tangent function on the circle. We also looked at writing expressions for the composition of inverse functions with other trigonometric functions, by employing right triangles, the Pythagorean theorem and exploiting the signs of the given numbers. No extra practice was left as this was a review for the exam."