Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a great session going over a worksheet with new concepts introduced to her in class. She was confused about how to start it at the beginning of the session but by the end, she had mastered the concepts of using trigonometric identities to simplify trig. expressions. Overall, an excellent session."
"Reviewed quizzes from the past week. Reviewed methods of linear regression on the TI-83. Reviewed graphical forms and end behavior. Did some practice problems to review end behavior and functions. Reviewed FOILing of radical factors. The student has a better grasp of the material, and made primarily clerical errors on the exam (such as copying down questions incorrectly). Future sessions will focus on quiz preparation while doing practice on complicated problems to instill good clerical work habits. Left her with a cheat sheet of general function forms and end behaviors."
"The student and I went over a study guide provided by his teacher for an upcoming exam. Questions on the study guide involved sketching functions, finding domain/range/zeroes of functions, and understanding translations shifts, stretches of functions. In preparation for his upcoming chemistry exam, he and I went over some of the more difficult questions from the current unit (thermochemistry). Most of the questions he had difficulty with involved heat transfer question ('Q=mCT'). We did at least 10 examples of these sorts of calculations until he felt comfortable navigating similar prompts."
"We worked on factoring polynomials of degrees greater than 2, specifically those with complex roots. We discussed the various theorems and applied them, specifically the zero product property, the complex conjugate root property for real-coefficient polynomials; and we worked on homework with that."
"Today we reviewed Chapter 2 for the student's upcoming quiz. His classmate also joined the session. We discussed the graphs of the 12 basic functions, transformations of functions, and writing the equation of a line or a parabola among other topics."
"We reviewed graphing trigonometric functions, particularly secants and cosecants. Student had a quiz the following day but I am not aware of the results. Overall I feel the student will do well in this unit after working through her homework problems."
"We reviewed the first two sections of Chapter 4 - rational functions. These two lessons were on polynomials and quadratic equations. We spent most of the time on the first section, because she already knew how to factor and use the quadratic formula. We reviewed definitions of degrees of polynomials, roots, and imaginary numbers. She was able to use multiple choice answers to determine if a number was a root of an equation. She did well with all of the practice problems except she needed help getting through a long word problem."
"The student practiced long division, synthetic division, and the Remainder, Factor, and Rational Root Theorems for polynomial functions today. She was a little challenged with the formatting of the division problems at first, but she soon picked up on the process."
"The student did well on his test on series and sequences this week. Good work! This week we reviewed conic section equations and discussed how the equation of the circle is derived from the distance formula. We also talked about the concept of the derivative."
"Today he practiced logarithm problems. We reviewed the next few days of class material to make the topics familiar. He already had a knowledge of solving and graphing logs but we found a couple areas of that challenged him. I will be sending him a few things tomorrow to practice. He has a quiz next week, so we will review for that during our next session."
"Today we reviewed polynomials, complex numbers, and methods to solve quadratic equations. The student understood most of the material quite easily. I have no concerns for this session, as it went smoothly and effectively."
"We continued discussing periodic functions this week. We focused on establishing the conversion between radians and degrees, and how radians determine angle measures. We also covered the relationship between radians and arc length."