Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued work on the trigonometric identities and the laws of sine and cosine. He was working on a packet over the chapter in preparation for his upcoming test. We used the laws of sine and cosine to find various unknown lengths or angles. We also worked on a problem involving the baseball diamond, where it was necessary to calculate the distance from the pitcher to the other bases given information about the quadrilateral."
"We continued discussing integration techniques. The student seems to understand the material. At this point her algebra skills are improving. I advised her to practice problems from the book and bring any issues to my attention at the next meeting."
"The student completed two of the four homework assignments he is supposed to have finished before his next test. The material focuses on rational expressions and it is more challenging than topics we have covered in the past. He is going to need to stay extra focused during this chapter. We are focused on completing all the homework and I believe that will help him greatly when it comes time to prepare for the exam."
"For this session we covered graphing polar coordinates, analyzing parametric equations and briefly went over power series representations of functions. The student was attentive learned very quickly. We worked through several practice problems together and he mastered the material with relative ease. I left him with some suggested problems out of the book that I believe would thoroughly test his understanding and am confident that his will be better prepared for his upcoming examination"
"The student and I began to review for his test in Algebra. We began by rewriting rational powers as different types of roots and solving for these when we could. We then practiced simplifying problems with powers by combining powers, manipulating the bases, or by solving when we could. Then we reviewed the different rules for logarithms and all of the properties. We went over how to convert from a power to a logarithm and vice versa. We simplified logarithmic expressions by combining terms according to the log rules. Then we expanded laws by using those same rules. Finally, we reviewed growth and decay functions and practiced graphing these as well."
"The student had a take home quiz that he had already finished, and wanted me to look over. I spotted a few minor errors, after he corrected them we used his math lab assignment to go over further examples to help solidify his ability to find the domain of a function."
"Today we went over multiplication of fractions, subtraction of mixed numbers with borrowing, changing decimals to percents, and percents to fractions. We also covered calculation percent increase/decrease mentally, exponents including 1 and 0, and estimating products by rounding factors to the nearest ten."
"The student and I worked on practice problems for related rates, focusing in on those problems involving geometric relationships. We practiced spotting the simple substitutions that would allow us to reduce the number of variables in our equations, thus enabling us to solve them."
"Today I worked with the student on exponent rules and simplifying radicals. She had a pretty good grasp on the concepts, she just wanted to go through some practice problems together. We also went over a chemistry worksheet on pressure, volume, temperature, and the combined gas law."
"Today's session went very well. The student and I went over multiplication, distribution, and division of exponents. He is doing very well; In his latest report card, he has a 90 in algebra. He understands this material very well and has no struggles."
"The student earned a B on her final and a B for the semester in algebra, which are wonderful achievements. Today we focused on circles, ellipses, and hyperbolas to prepare her for her math quiz this coming week. We went by the text: 5-3 Part A, Part B, and Part C to confirm the essential information associated with said topics. She completed flash cards including this information to use for studying. For instance, on the circle card she included the standard form and instructions on how to graph a circle. On the ellipse and hyperbola card she included key terms and definitions such as foci, axes, center, and vertex. Organizing this quiz information on accessible flash cards will be useful. She earned an A on her math quiz and confirmed that the flash cards were highly useful in studying. We will continue that method."
"In this session, we reviewed the student's math test. She scored a 71 on the test so we went over each problem and did the corrections. She needs to remember that when multiplying or dividing by a negative number, she needs to flip the inequality sign. After reviewing these problems, we moved on to her homework assignment which focused on slope. We found the slope between coordinates on a graph and also used the rise over run equation. She was able to do these problems really well. We had extra time at the end of the session, so I made up some more slope problems for her to practice."