Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, we went over physics for 1/2 the time as well. During the Precalc portion of the session, we went over modeling with exponentials and how to figure out the certain features of the model. The other half of the tutor session we went over Newton's 3rd law. There was some initial confusion as the beginning of this portion of the session and toward the end of the session, it seemed that the student understood the material."
"The student just had a test last week in her Pre Calculus class that she has not yet gotten back. We spent most of the session going through some of the types of problems that she reported that she had difficulties with on the exam. For the last part of the session, we completed some of the problems on a worksheet she had for homework."
"Reviewed all different aspects of matrices (inverse, augmented, word problems, triangle areas, polynomials, and more). The student was comfortable with tackling each problem type and deciding the best approach, offering up her own initial ideas. She appears confident for her test and displayed a strong grasp of the concepts."
"During this session we continued reviewing Test 1 which had been moved to the 12th. We worked on topics that the student has the most difficultly with: namely exponents and radicals, and factoring. We were able to spend the 1 1/2 focusing on those topics, making good improvement. He had also received his Test 4 back, which he received a 66% on, so we were able to talk about strategy for finishing the semester as well as his strengths and weaknesses in test taking. Because he is auditing the class, the only criteria needed to pass the class is a passing grade on the final, which is next Monday. All our efforts for the next week will be towards that goal."
"Covered a very broad range of topics from log and exponential models to rational expressions to trigonometric properties. The test corrections were easy for her to digest and she understands how the teacher wanted her to answer problems. The homework packet is almost complete and we found a good resource for her calculator project."
"The student wanted to get a head start on logarithms and exponents because he felt shaky on them and didn't completely understand them the first time around. We went over basic addition, subtraction and division of logs and natural logs. I feel it was a good start and refresher before he learns more in class and during our next session."
"We had a good session. We went over new material that has not been taught in class. It was solving and graphing equations in 2 & 3 variables. Then we applied these concepts to word problems. The student seemed to quickly grasp the concepts. We scheduled our next meeting for 7 PM Wednesday."
"For our first session, the student and I spent the first few minutes getting to know each other and talking about his classes and interests. This also continued intermittently throughout the session. He had a trigonometry test that he had taken last week, so we reviewed this test before his retake a few days afterwards. He had other homework in his pre-cal class, page 832 from his textbook. The subject was over the cross product of two vectors. We worked a couple of problems as reference for him to work on after I'd left, because he seemed to have a lot of other classwork that he needed to get done. Overall, a good first meeting, as I learned about some of his interests and classes that he is currently taking."
"The student and I continued to work on trig, but now she has actually seen it in class. We did some of her homework problems, but mostly worked on how to draw pictures for word problems. She does well when the pictures are drawn for her and all she has to do is set up equations. We also talked more about unit circles and radians. She will need to get more comfortable with radians and draw more unit circles."
"The student and I computed the coordinates for the vertex, x-intercepts (both by factoring and completing the square), and y-intercept for quadratic equations in standard and vertex forms. Reviewed determining if a parabola opens upward and downward and if the equation has a maximum or minimum value. Then completed word problems that required setting up quadratic equations to find a maximum value."
"We reviewed a study guide that I put together on how to graph complex polynomial functions without a calculator. We spent a majority of the time going over polynomial fractions. We discussed how to factor these polynomials, how to find holes, the x and y intercepts, multiplicity, and the domain and range. The student said that the concepts made a lot more sense after we covered the material and felt that with a little practice, he would be able to replicate the steps without referencing the study guide. I have no concerns from the session."
"We covered real world applications of logarithms. She received a quiz back on Monday and got an 88 on it and she was pleased. I left her with a pre calculus review book for reference and extra practice."