Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the student's practice exam in preparation for her exam tomorrow. Our session was mostly review of Algebra 2 topics that were to be tested on her exam. We covered synthetic and long division of polynomials, start and end behavior of polynomials, finding the zeros of polynomials, and reviewed algebra with radicals and imaginary numbers. We talked about a few tricks and tips to some of the equations. She is a really great student - very motivated, and I think she has a really good grasp of the material. She tends to second-guess her work, and I think by doing more practice problems she will gain confidence in her skills. One area of improvement should be taking better notes in class so that she doesn't copy down wrong answers, and then study from bad notes. I had fun working with her, and I really look forward to working with her more with her precalculus material."
"We went over the student's test that he took last week. He actually didn't get too many problems wrong, but he lost many points for making simple errors. For example, forgetting to add a number to both sides of the equation instead of just one, or forgetting to use specific signs partway through the problem. Hopefully we can try to work through this for the next exam so he will be ready and not make as many simple mistakes. Aside from that, though, I am very impressed with how he did on the test, despite his mistakes. He knew how to answer a majority of the problems. If we can work on his small errors, I am sure he will do very well on the next exam."
"We went through his review packet for his upcoming test. We covered all the concepts. I had him memorize the trigonometric functions and their reciprocals. We also covered applications of the Pythagorean theorem. Finally we looked at reference angles and coterminal angles."
"We went through his video on combinations of functions, and then worked through the beginning of his homework assignment on parametric functions. He is doing well - he struggled a little bit with determining the x-y relationship from a table of parametric values, but it helps to graph the function first instead of attempting to determine the function from a set of values. He is doing very well overall."
"We went through homework problems covering maximums/minimums. Seeing the student struggle with solving quadratic equations, I did a quick lesson on using the discriminant to find solutions to quadratic equations. He was very receptive during the lesson; he needs not to focus on just solving homework problems, but understanding the concepts behind the problems. The more he understands those concepts, the more confidently he will solve problems."
"We went through mid level pre-calc topics and revised beyond the scope of what was taught in the student's class. The student was motivated to learn and easily grasped the concepts though they were newly introduced. Overall it was a good session."