Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did an anti-drug poster for Forensics, which was quick and easy. I gave him some practice problems on trig based on the topics he's done recently. I told him that starting next week we are going to start making a review packet of the different topics for trig, and at the end of each week I will give him a review."
"We reviewed the student's homework set, which involved graphs of trigonometric functions. I instructed him on how to quickly graph functions."
"The student and I worked on some old stuff related to trig identities, and then started new material on the law of sines."
"We continued with Calculus problem solving. The student has progressed well and has grasped the concepts really well, and there is now a confidence across the entire course and class."
"The student and I spent today's session focusing on graphing sine and cosine with transformations. We worked through transformations that effected the amplitude, period, sinusoidal axis, and shifted the graph left or right. The student showed she has developed an effective system for graphing these transformations and was only slightly confused at a few points. However, I suspect the confusion had more to do with the student simply having an off-day rather than any true misunderstanding of the concepts. We also worked on writing sine and cosine function equations from ready drawn graphs. We discussed some of the different techniques one could use to determine these equations as well as how each equation would look if written in terms of cosine or sine. The student seemed a little shaky on writing each equation in terms of both cosine and sine, so I suggested she go back through the worksheet and rewrite each equation we had previously determined in terms of the opposite function (i.e. if she previously wrote the equation in terms of sine, rewrite it as cosine and vice versa). The majority of my role today was to double check the student's answers and help correct her if she became confused. The student was able to complete nearly all of the problems with only a little help from me. While she showed she has a good grasp of the concepts we covered today, she doesn't have much confidence in herself. With more practice, I hope she gains enough confidence in order to tackle the test with ease."
"Today, I drilled the student with multiplication flashcards and then helped her with some pre-algebra problems. I tested her knowledge of the point-slope equation versus the slope-intercept equation and we will need to review this material again. I suggested hints she can use to remember which equation is the point-slope form and which one is the slope-intercept form. I will test her again in our next session to see if she improves. We also discussed her math website outline for extra credit. I suggested she look at some beginning Algebra textbooks in her local library for practice over the summer. As for her multiplication tables, I reiterated the need for her to systematically drill herself every single day for the next 2-4 weeks and how to do so. If she does this, she will see a remarkable improvement."