Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a worksheet over graphing sine and cosine waves. He essentially knew how to do the whole sheet (period, amplitude, phase shift, vertical shift) but could definitely improve his accuracy. Dropped negatives were an occasional problem. Sometimes he skipped a critical point when performing the phase shift ... But for the most part, he's good with this. I took a guess that tangent graphs were coming up, so I showed him how y=tan(x) looks. He generated the table of values from x=0 to pi using unit circle angles. He then plotted the points, realizing that tan(pi/2) is undefined and therefore would produce an asymptote. I left him with a quick discussion of the cotangent graph. He caught on very quickly to the similarities and difference between tan and cot."
"Measurement of angles and incorporation into fractions. The student struggled with word problems on her last exam, so we will take the last 10-15 minutes of each future session to focus on these types of questions."
"The student did not have any homework in math yesterday, so we opted instead to work through some of the problems he was struggling with in his ACT practice book. He had already completed many of the problems in the book, but had circled the ones he had trouble with so that he and I could go over them together. He is taking his ACT at the end of April and wants to be as prepared as possible. Many of the questions he had were on a small step in the problem, and once he was made aware of how to do this step, he was able to finish the problem by himself. At one point he made a calculation error, and he calmly told himself he needed to get his head in the game, and finished the problem. I was really proud of him; it shows a lot about his growth as a student, especially in math."
"The student missed class when the teacher discussed integration by parts. We worked through several examples to explain the technique, and I reviewed with Student 2 her homework problems."
"We worked on the student's math homework and then practiced word problems from a practice test. The student knows the steps to solving fraction addition and subtraction, but has trouble when it is framed in the form of a real world scenario. We will practice more word problems and use strategies to visualize the problems."
"Today the student and I worked on ELA prep for the state exam. He brought home a workbook and we worked together revising an essay he had written comparing 2 short stories. We worked on the introduction, 2 body paragraphs, and conclusion. He understood the themes of the stories. He tends to repeat himself in his writing, so I'm trying to get him to read his words aloud to make sure they make sense and each sentence is a new concept (i.e. doesn't repeat the thought in the previous sentence). We will continue to work on this during our next session."