Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I first reviewed the homework, which, despite a few minor issues, he seemed to get to an impressive degree. We then reviewed material on old versions of tests 3 and 4 which he got much of, missing some, but given the non-sequential nature of our lessons, this is to be expected. Finally, he and I discussed strategies, techniques, and systems to ensure that he fares better in his classes this year than last, emphasizing better study techniques and time management strategies so that he can stay on top of and really master material. After this session I feel confident that he will excel in his math class this semester in a way he did not during the last, as long as he sticks to the strategies we discussed."
"The student and I reviewed semester 1 of last year's math in preparation for her second test. We also started prep for the assessment test. She is taking her first diagnostic test before I next see her, and prepping by using her last test."
"The student and I reviewed some problems from his packet. We looked at solving equations in one variable, solving and graphing inequalities, finding the vertex of parabolas, finding domain and range, and finding inverse functions. He is going to work through as much of the packet as possible before we meet again next week."
"The student and I reviewed the content of the self-study course without setting a deadline for its completion. We spent much of the first session reviewing the concepts of limits and continuity for functions and working through problems from the text. It was clear that regular, almost daily, attention to the course will be required to complete the syllabus by the beginning of the fall semester. The passage of time since she last studied mathematics likely slowed her progress in the first study topics. We will continue to work on this next session."
"The student and I reviewed topics for his final exam, including series convergence, finding sums of series, integration by parts, polar coordinates, arc lengths, areas of revolution, power series, partial fractions, and conic sections."
"The student and I reviewed trigonometry, focusing on constructing the unit circle and using and applying properties of trigonometric functions. We discussed constructing 30-60-90 triangles by bisecting an equilateral triangle and constructing a 45-45-90 triangle by taking the diagonal of a square. We also discussed the law of sines and law of cosines, and the student applied these theorems to increasingly challenging problems. We worked through the law of cosines in a right triangle, showing that it reduces to the familiar Pythagorean theorem. He was confident using the unit circle to find values of trig functions. He had slightly more difficulty in combining several properties of triangles into one problem--e.g. using sum of angles, then using law of cosines, etc. We will continue to work on this next session."