Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the unit circle, a review of what the student's last test was on, including, finding the terminal side, reference angle, trigonometric functions, and word problems."
"Today we met for our first regular session. As we had discussed previously, our focus was on covering the foundation of her upcoming class material. Her next classes covered polynomial functions, so we looked at some of the most important aspects of understanding polynomials of an arbitrary degree. We discussed the value of factoring polynomials and how to apply the information, general behavior of even and odd polynomials at each extreme, and basic principles of polynomials such as the intermediate value theorem. The student told me how she did over the last week, including how she did on her first test (top 5 score). We also identified factoring problems as a key area of practice over the next week. So far, she doesn't have any problems with the concepts, and she will practice them in order to develop speed and comfort."
"The student is currently working on graphing quadratic functions in the form y = a(x-h)+k. I modified the variables a, h, and k and asked her to sketch graphs to see how each one affects the appearance of the graph. She understands this pretty well. We then went on to her homework assignment. She had to identify graphs of this form and also complete the square to graph the functions. Finally we looked at some piecewise functions and inverse functions. The student seemed to be fairly confident with everything when we completed the session."
"We went over the concepts of discontinuity and the zeroes of a function. We also went over some of her physics work on total energy. The worksheets we went over were a little difficult, only because her teacher hasn't fully explained those in class. We will clear up any more difficulties in our next session on Friday."
"We went through solving higher degree polynomials using synthetic division and polynomial long division. We also went over sketching possible graphs from functions based on leading coefficients, degree, y-intercepts, etc. The student is doing much better in PreCalc than he did in algebra 2. We will soon start going over ACT material again as he will be retaking it."
"Prepared the student for a retake of a test on rational functions and finding zeros of polynomial functions. We reviewed domain, asymptotes, and graphing rational functions based on our results. He also demonstrated knowledge of the rational root theorem in finding zeros of polynomial functions. He is prepared for his test, and I recommended that he review the rules for finding asymptotes for rational functions."