Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on previous quizzes focused on linear modeling, composite functions and function transformations, determining line perpendicular (and parallel) to a given line and point, etc. She was very engaged throughout the session and looks to be much improved in dealing with these concepts."
"The student has been struggling with the new chapter material in class, so we spent our time working on combinatorics. He was especially confused about how to know when to use a factorial, a permutation, or a combination in order to solve any problem. We discussed things to look out for in the problem (is the problem talking about using a pool of options to select a few? does order matter? is it just asking for the number of options?) and then did a lot of practice problems. He had not yet been introduced to a factorial (4! = 4*3*2*1), so that helped clear up a lot of the confusion with permutations and combinations. Although it is certainly easier to use the calculator, we also completed a few permutations and combinations by hand and saw what happens when n = r for each type. (We went over why 0! = 1 too.) He scheduled an additional session for this weekend to cover sequences and series before his test next week."
"The student has his final next week on Wednesday. Today, he wants to review as much material as possible since his first day of class, which includes basically every single topic. My strategy was to give him questions based on his quiz and his performance from the last few weeks we have been working together. I changed parts of the question here and there to help make it more suitable for his level at this point. He seems to be much improved from where we first started. He understood the majority of the topics and missed only small concepts in a certain chapter. Overall, the session was excellent."
"The student has his final tomorrow, so we did a review. He mainly needed help with logarithms, complex fractions, and factoring higher degree polynomials. Since we reviewed those, he should do well on his final!"
"The student has moved on from polynomials and logarithms in his class and is now doing trigonometry. We spent our session today preparing for his trig test on Tuesday, which will cover the unit circle; sine, cosine, tangent, cosecant, secant, and cotangent values for the angle measurements on the unit circle; trig graphs; and a few other things. He understands the trig material very well, and I anticipate that he will do well on his test on Tuesday."
"The student has started working with imaginary numbers, so we went over a few homework assignments that were mostly on simplifying expressions with imaginary numbers or getting expressions into standard form. She did very well with the assignments. She also let me know that she got a 100% on her most recent assessment."