Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We studied Chapter 2 of the student's textbook. The student has a test on Tuesday, so I made sure all his bases were covered. We went through all the chapters to figure out where he needed the most review. The student had most of Chapter 2 down pretty well! I reinforced some terminology, such as "polynomial", "parent functions", "asymptote", and why it's important to know the names of things and not just how to solve problems. The main subjects that needed work were Chapter 2.4, on imaginary numbers, and 2.6, which was sort of the "culmination" of the material in Chapter 2 and involved fully understanding and graphing functions. In both, I think by the end of our lesson, the student had a much more solid understanding of what the problems were asking and how to go about conceptualizing and solving them. We also discussed how to logically examine your answer to see if it "makes sense", and if not, to go back and find a mistake! The student is eager to learn, and though he is respectful and good at listening, he also doesn't hesitate to speak when he doesn't get something, or when he wants to show me he does."
"The student and I reviewed on her chapter 6 assignment on solving inverse trigonometric functions. She is getting much more adept at using the unit circle to solve problems. We finished the entire set in our session, and I am confident that she can tackle the problems on her own."
"We specifically covered his last tests on proving trigonometric identities. He had the most difficulty conveying the flow of his steps to the teacher. As a result, I left him to finish his homework early so that I can check on his steps by the next session."
"We covered trigonometric functions and the unit circle, domains and ranges, periods, and reference angles. Graphing was difficult, but we got through this by the end of the session. We do many practice problems and try to tackle the harder ones (usually with geometric application) after each section in the book."
"She started learning about half-angle equations in class this week. I explained the new concept to her, and we completed several problems together. She seems to understand how to solve these problems well. After we did a few problems together, she was able to test herself and get the rest of the problems correct. Overall, it was a good session."
"Today, we worked on arithmetic and geometric sequences and series. She was very confused at first but once she understood the new notation and how to reason through the problems, she did not have many problems. We will schedule another session on Thursday."