Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed the concept of scaling tonight for the first time. He had about 40 problems from class to complete. We had time to complete the first two sections. We also discussed vocabulary words, including multiplier, factor, product, and multiplicand. He also was given some rules to use when addressing certain problems. I also emailed him a short math video that we watched together. He dutifully wrote them down. Once he understood the concepts, he voluntarily pulled previous notes out of his folder."
"Today, the student had his first day of state tests. He seemed confident in his answers and said he felt a lot more prepared for the tests tomorrow. We continued to go over math problems, which he got through pretty easily. Once he focuses on a problem, he can usually figure it out, with some help on some of the harder problems. He is much quicker with the multiplication problems now, and he seems more confident in general with his work. We will continue to go through problems on Saturday."
"The student and I met again to prepare for an upcoming exam. The topics discussed are using integral to calculate volume and work. She seems to grasp the concepts after our discussion."
"This session, we talked more about z-values and probabilities of a normal distribution. I focused on explaining the concepts and gave some examples pertaining to real-life applications. We also worked through some of the examples in the student's class handouts. She is improving in correctly using the formulas/calculator to solve problems, and I think she is starting to understand the meaning/concepts behind them as well. I plan to make some practice quiz questions to send her this week. Next session, we will continue into the new topic on linear regression."
"The material varies per student, so we covered a broad variety. For the first student, we mainly focused on graphing of inverse trigonometric functions, such as sec, cosec and cot. The student did quite a few problems from her schoolbook which included finding the periodicity and the amplitude. The second student was focused on doing word problems on triangle trigonometry. Word problems can become a major step up for any student at that stage, just because application of numerical techniques is not always straightforward and requires imagination of a context or situation. The other student was working on transformation of graphs, and we reviewed her homework from school to make sure she was applying the concepts correctly."
"Today we covered various problems on using the half angle and double angle formulas. I showed the student that these problems were basically writing out the respective formulas and plugging in or solving for a value of a sine/ cosine variable in the formula, all the while being mindful of the range of the given angle. Towards the end, I feel she got the gist of these problems and was not as intimidated by them as when she started."