Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session, the student and I briefly went over the Honors Chemistry homework which dealt with solutions. We talked about the different definitions of solution, solute, solvent, and what affects solubility. He was able to understand most of the concepts, especially since I have a book that spells it out a little bit. In addition, he and I went over more trigonometric problems."
"During this session, we focused on reviewing for an upcoming exam on conic sections. We talked about the implicit equations for circles, ellipses, parabolas and hyperbolae. We worked on translating between properties of these shapes (including foci, vertices, etc.) and equations. Towards the end of the session, we talked about testing strategies and approaches."
"We did a homework assignment covering solving system of equations. Mostly, solving the system of equations involved using the substitution method. And we briefly touched on the elimination method. I think the student picked up the subject pretty well."
"In this session, we covered parent functions and their transformations. Specifically, we looked at how each operation on the function transformed the parent function (vertical and horizontal shifts, dilations, and reflections). We also spent some time discussing the definition of functions that are defined piecewise (the sign function and the floor function). The student maintained a positive attitude and was very focused throughout the session. We discussed how to check her answer on transformations using the vertex."
"Today the student and I met for the first time. We went over the basics of trigonometry, and the 6 trig functions, and the inverse functions. She was having some issues with the inverse functions, especially the domain and range. But by the end of the session, she seemed to have a good grasp."
"We discussed the graphing of sine and cosine functions. We looked at how to identify or calculate for the amplitude, period, vertical shift and phase shift of sine and cosine functions. We spent much time with the graphing aspect because that was the point the student was struggling with. In fact, we agreed to do more of the graphing in our next meeting. Before that, I asked the student to practice more while I was away and use the graphing calculator to always check his answer, but not the other way around. The student would be away for some days to participate in a sporting activity and would have less than a week to take a quiz and a test on the topic we are treating. My plan is to give him enough attention as much as possible when he returns. We would work through some likely problems before he take his quiz and test."