Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student studied chapter 4 for his test tomorrow, covering exponential and linear growth/ decay, and properties of exponential/ logarithmic functions."
"Reviewed for upcoming quiz the following day on zeros, synthetic division, and the various theorems used to solve for them in large polynomial equations. Went over how to do it both on paper and on the calculator as student will be allowed to use her calculator on the quiz."
"We continued going over graphing rational functions using asymptotes, intercepts, increasing and decreasing interval. Then we moved on to exponential functions and their graphs, then to logarithms and their graphs. We briefly touched on solving exponential and logarithmic equations by transforming from one to the other."
"Today, we worked on solving exponential and logarithmic equations. I recommended that the student write down problem solving steps on paper rather than doing it in his head, a habit that will make it easier when solving more difficult problems. I recommended doing the problems on a learning tool website to get practice in the skills he might have missed not having had algebra and also to just look at the skills list there to get an idea of what he might need to brush up on."
"This session was our final review for the student's Pre-Calc exam. We covered a few questions involving inverse trigonometric functions then went over several calculator-based problems. He seems to understand how to get the word problems started, but got a little stuck when it came to knowing how to translate certain parts into a solvable equation. However, he showed improvement when we worked on a few similar problems in a row. I recommended he focus on inverse trig functions for the last couple of days of studying since that's one area we've worked on the most. Finally, we went over a couple of final pointers to remember for each chapter."
"We covered trig identities and how to derive the unit circle. She had a positive mind set along with a willingness to learn. I told her that the trigonometry that she is covering requires quite a bit of memorizing. I told her what she needs to memorize, and we finished off the session learning how to derive some concepts, which helps cut a lot of the memorization out and also creates understanding as opposed to just memorizing. I told her to YouTube various ways to derive the unit circle and also explain the unit circle since knowing that is a critical part to what she is learning. This session was great for seeing where she is at overall. Algebra needs some refreshing, and that will come in future sessions."