Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the polar form of complex numbers today. We used a plane with imaginary and real axes to plot complex numbers, explored how to convert between a+bi and polar forms of complex numbers, and looked at multiplication and division of polar complex numbers. Next, we looked at polar and parametric equations. We examined converting between these forms and rectangular equations, and graphed several examples using either paper or graphing calculators."
"This session, we went over the student's assignments covering 2.3 through 2.6; topics included piecewise functions, inverse and composite functions, and concavity. The student did well with the concavity homework with minimal guidance."
"We covered Factoring quadratic equations today, using the quadratic formula to solve equations and simplifying them. We also covered imaginary numbers and the complex plains, using math in word problems to set up quadratic formulas, and simplifying radicals. No grades yet, but this was all for a preparation for a quiz tomorrow in class. I left the student with reviewing his problems that he had done but to do them without looking at the solution. No concerns for this session. He and I have planned to meet 3 times a week for 1.5 hour sessions each time for math."
"We reviewed the problems the student had struggled with on the quiz, and he did seem to have practiced the problems enough to have done better on the test. He and I worked on the textbook review exercises relevant to the recent test, to assess his facility with the ideas behind the forms of problems that his teacher includes on assessments."
"After spending some time getting to know each other, we reviewed the concept of evaluating algebraic equations for the student's homework and then he did the problems. After relearning the concept and doing the problems, he understood algebraic equations. He was able to explain to me the steps you take to evaluate the expressions. He tends to do most of the work in his head, so one skill that we can work on is him writing out the steps to the math problems so he has a reference for solving the problems later on. Finally, we quickly went over what he was learning in Biology. He understands the difference between observation and inference very well."
"I tutored the student in her home today. We reviewed the 12 basic functions and their respective graphs and their characteristics (end behaviors, domains, range, continuity, odd, even etc.). We practiced with me giving her the equation and her graphing the function. She expects to have a quiz on Wednesday and a more comprehensive test on Friday. I am confident that she is ready for the quiz on Wednesday. She is a very capable student and participates in learning with enthusiasm."
"Last night we went over the student's test she took a couple weeks ago. She picks up on the concepts really well. We also went through her homework which was on quadratics, something we covered this summer, and we did her worksheet practice problems that were on the same thing. I also gave her different types of problems using quadratics that she did not see in her homework or worksheet."
"We covered the basic trig functions, how to use them to find the lengths of the sides of a right triangle, and how to use their inverses to find the angles of a right triangle. We also worked on finding different parts of a circle (arc length, angles, circumference, or radius) when given other parts of the circle. I left her with no extra practice, she still has her homework in her locker to work on, and she can use the techniques we talked about to solve those problems."
"Today was my first session with the student. We first reviewed a physics assignment - getting information from velocity-time graphs. She did well with this, but had a little bit of trouble with displacement vs distance (not the concept, but getting it from the v-t graph) before we reviewed it thoroughly. We also reviewed the concepts of average velocity and acceleration. We also worked on pre-calculus homework. She did great converting between degrees and radians, finding co-terminal angles, and finding arc lengths and sector areas. I showed her a method for using ratios to find arc length and sector area so she doesn't have to rely on memorizing a specific formula. We also worked on converting between partial degrees and minutes and seconds."
"Today, we focused on getting the student prepped for the test he has tomorrow, as he did not do too well on the pop quiz he had earlier in the week. We practiced memorization of the formulas, as that was where he was having the most problems."
"The student and I met from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Library. She reported she thinks she did well on her last test and is fairly confident going into the ACT this Saturday. Her homework was on modeling and algebraic functions and their properties. She did well on her problem set. We need to discuss odd and even functions some more. She was quicker and more confident than in previous sessions. This should serve her well on the ACT."
"Being the student's first session, we spent a little time getting to know each other. We spent the rest of his session going through problems he had been assigned for homework. These problems all dealt with the properties of circles. As we worked our way through then I got the definite sense that he was understanding the material well. For future sessions, he will try and work through his assignment as much as he can so that my role can be to fill in the gaps instead of having to teach him the concepts from scratch."