Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a list of things he wanted to work on. We reviewed radicals and how to simplify them. We discussed conjugates and how to use them. We also worked on completing the square, finding domain, and interval notation. He feels more comfortable."
"The student had a quiz today and she said she felt fairly comfortable. She had mentioned in an earlier session that she typically does very poorly on tests, so this seemed like a good exam for her. We went through the problem that she had missed on the test (and she was able to solve it with very little guidance from me). We also did some more work with geometric and arithmetic sequences and finding the sum of these sequences."
"The student had a sheet of rational functions on both sides of his paper, totaling about 20, which needed to be graphed as a review or practice for her test on section 2.6 of her textbook. She did all of them, and then we checked the graphs. The functions each required analysis for asymptotes, intercepts and holes. She struggled a bit on which way and which side of an asymptote the function should be graphed. I showed her the efficiency of using sign charts plus pointed out other techniques to sketch a good approximation to the actual graph. The student works fairly quick and thorough albeit computational mistakes which can lead her solution astray. No extra work assigned, but her textbook has more problems in 2.6 which her mother & I recommended she do, too."
"The student had hw from the book on properties of logs, so I helped her with her assignment and had supplemental problems from the platform. We covered expanding, compressing, graphing, and evaluating logs, and converting from logs to exponential. We discussed multiplication and division rules for exponents, and power rules for logs. She struggled on some of the expanding and compressing problems, but there are a lot of rules to remember. She improved with practice, and overall understood the material."
"The student had sent me a worksheet page with practice exercises covering trig word problems, sector area, angular velocity, and sinusoidal functions. I let her guide the session with her specific questions on problems she had already worked through, and explained concepts she didn't fully understand, and then had her attempt the problem again. She does well asking questions as needed, although she can start to get intimidated when she has trouble following a complicated problem. It helps her to slow down and go over basic examples before tackling the bigger problem again. I showed multiple ways of approaching problems and asked about her preference to get a feel for her learning style. I asked her how she felt about the last session, both good and bad. She said she felt it was helpful, and she understands the material better now, that it made more sense in class the next day."
"The student had some issues with the algebraic portion of the material and occasionally tripped himself up because he liked to move fast and get problems over with. We reviewed some algebra and did a set of exercises, and he seemed to pick up on things very well. I emphasized that for his upcoming exam he wants to be as meticulous as he can stand to be for writing down his work, and to avoid large informal steps. I believe if he can be patient and focused during his exam, he will do well."