Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed solving linear equations and stating the domain for such equations. We also reviewed relative maxima and minima of functions wherein I taught the student how to use the first derivative of the function to determine the critical points (where the extrema occurs). We also reviewed function transformation (i.e. shifting, stretching), and I quizzed her on composite functions as well. The student was very engaged throughout the sessions and was able to solve most of the quizzed questions. She needs to review finding domains of composite functions and expressing them in interval form."
"We reviewed, and went over homework problems regarding factoring, exponents, and foiling. This included about 20 problems such as: (a^3 +/- b^3), factoring by grouping of terms, factoring of binomials, etc. The student knew and grasped most of this seemingly pretty quickly, though his skills/practice needs to be rebuilt, given he hasn't done any math for the past two years."
"We specifically covered inverse functions and how they apply to logarithms and exponents. The student was struggling the most with identifying a quadratic function to solve with layered within an exponent function and how to solve it. Sure enough, as we went further through the exercise, and as I asked key questions she was able to identify it, and then be able to solve for the variable we were looking for. Like always, her attitude towards the subject can be summarized as attentive and diligent. It is clear that she has such a strong foundation for this subject that new topics and exercises are becoming fairly easy to pick up and execute. The student is going to continue to practice the exercises to master these subjects, and we are going to meet up on Tuesday to go over new material or review for the test on Thursday."
"We spent most of our time reviewing one of her tests. We went over all of the questions she missed to solidify the concepts and also talk about strategies on how to avoid making mistakes. She also needs to do more practice problems on her own. For the last few minutes, we went over their current subject which is on trigonometry and linear and angular velocity. Next week, we will continue working on these topics."
"We spent the session reviewing the student's precalculus homework, which mainly focused on solving trigonometric functions. We worked on several different types of problems, and did additional practice on ones he had some questions about. We discussed some strategies for approaching trig functions, and he seemed to have a pretty good grasp of them. The last 20 minutes of the session, we reviewed one of the sections from his US history class."
"We spent time going over remarkable identities. I have left him with practice problems to make sure he understands them. One issue I have with him is that he barely reads his textbook and jumps straight into the homework. More than once, I've had him go back to the textbook and we both found the answers to his questions. The more time he spends reading the material, the more confident he will be when doing homework."