Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on Algebra 2 and tried to get the review done before the test. The student is very far behind and needs to start with the basics such as adding negative numbers. I tried to get the student ready, but with only 2 hours the day before the test, I was unable to adequately prepare him. I believe with more time, as we will be planning on meeting twice a week, we will improve upon his progress. We worked on graphing coordinate numbers which lead into slopes and intercept graphing and an introduction to piecewise functions. I told the student to use and test prep website to assist him through some of the topics due to the time constraints we had. The student actively participated, and I look forward to helping get him back on track."
"During this session, we began working on the concepts for Chapter 2. We discussed average versus instantaneous rates of change, limits, one-sided limits, and terminology such as approaches. We also discussed the precise definition of a limit using epsilon-delta proofs. After learning the material, the student completed the first half of the Chapter 2 homework problems, and we discussed the forum topics in detail."
"First, we reviewed the problems the student missed on her two most recent quizzes, which mostly dealt with applying the things she learned last session to new situations (like applying algebra or geometry to the trig concepts). We then tackled some homework problems involving inverse trig functions, going over domains of trig functions and their inverses. Some of the inverse concepts took her a while to understand, but by the end she was figuring out the solutions even as we were just first looking at the problem."
"For the final session, the student learned how to solve trigonometric proofs. In other words, she had to show that an equation involving trigonometric values was true. To do this, she needed an extensive knowledge of reciprocal and quotient identities along with basic algebraic principles. She grasped the steps needed for solving proofs very well."
"I went over a practice exam with the student that I assigned to him last week. His fundamentals are very solid and he has the capability to do well. I gave him several tips to keep him on track after reviewing the practice questions he got wrong."
"In this lesson, we were able to cover more of the circle trigonometry, focusing primarily on the 6 trig functions, with their graphic and proportional behaviors. The student was, with some assistance, able to evaluate different points on the unit circle in radians, degrees, and by unit point. We touched up on the notion of the utility of seeing the (X,Y) plane as Cos(theta), Sin(theta) to make it easier to look at the study from the perspective of a triangle as well as a circle."