Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered binomial expansion, factoring trinomials, and factoring by grouping. The student was unclear on some small but important steps on each topic, but overall he had a good understanding of each topic we covered. He has a great attitude toward learning the material, and he's a pleasure to work with."
"We covered finding the determinant and solving quadratic equations by factoring and completing the square. The student was finding it hard to factor quadratic equations when the x^2 coefficient was greater than 1, but by the end of the session she learned how to do it. She has been doing very well in her math class at school; her teacher has noticed it and complimented her."
"We covered graphing trigonometric functions including the amplitude, period, and phase shift of each function. The student needed help with graphing and phase shift pieces. She has a test coming up soon and she wants to be prepared."
"We covered intro to trigonometry which is basically a review of algebra II, triangle theorems, midpoint, and distance. He struggled mostly with problem set-up, but once we went over a few examples, he got better. He felt ok about the work and a little timid, but he his getting better. We consistently go over 345 and 30 60 90 triangles. This makes it easier to solve distance questions. We always go over his complete work, but he has extra examples from homework to practice from. No scores from this session."
"We covered L'Hopital's rule and the chain rule. The student wasn't struggling today, but had a few questions from her last test. She kept a positive attitude as usual and was more than willing to try all of the different tangentially related problems I gave her. I have no concerns at this time and always look forward to our sessions. She is quick, which makes tutoring enjoyable."
"We covered limits of functions. In particular, we observed the behavior of right hand and left hand limits as x approached a value involving a discontinuous function. To help the student see what was going on, I used a certain "time-lapse photography" drawing technique on paper to demonstrate what occurs as x moves along its axis from either side of a designated value and how it simultaneously affects the behavior of the points on both the function and the y-axis. Once I'd done that, the student made the connection immediately."