Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the polar coordinate system, converting polar coordinates to rectangular and back again. We spent most of the way reviewing her homework assignment."
"On Tuesday, the student and I met for 90 minutes after a 2 week break. She got her trig test back and did exceptionally well (101). We went over the few questions she got partially wrong. We then continued through her prep book. She really wanted me to start teaching her newer topics that she will not get much time to go over in class, particularly series/sequences & probability, so we started with series/sequences. We did this for the remaining 75 minutes, making good progress through the arithmetic and geometric series. Next session we will firm up this new information and finish up with sequences. A lot of this topic (and probability) is just memorizing, so I think we will take next week to make flashcards for these topics, as well as start making them for the topics we have already covered / reviewed. Good session. Next session set for Thursday."
"The student wanted to use this session to study for his trigonometry exam. We reviewed graphing, particularly translation in the y and phase shift. The student was struggling with the idea of the phase shift, so I showed him how to put the equation into a standard form. We also reviewed sum and difference identities as well as half angle identities. He was confused how to determine what angle values he should use to get the value of the trig function asked. I explained that he should use the basic angles that he already has memorized. The student was also finally understanding how to use the conjugate to simplify expressions."
"This was my first session meeting with this student and I was trying to get a feel for her strengths and weaknesses with all of the math she learned last year. We started off with some warm ups of multiplication and long division. She had a little more trouble with long division than I expected, but it is mostly because she doesn't always keep her work neat and organized. We spent a lot of time going over the order of operations, evaluating expressions, and solving basic algebra problems. We spent a majority of the time going over how to solve algebra problems. She was struggling at first because she kept forgetting one step or another with solving the problems. Once I outlined a specific set of steps that she could use for every problem, she really got the hang of it. We finished the session by reviewing how to convert fractions into decimals. I left her a few problems to finish before we meet next time. Next time we meet, we will go over ratios, proportions, and percents."
"We are still working in his summer math workbook. He worked extremely efficiently when we would solve 5 problems together, break for 1 round of a race car multiplication game, then solve another 5 problems, and so on. We worked on adding and subtracting positive and negative integers - at first, he needed reminders, but after a few rounds, he was doing them all on his own. He would talk through his thought process aloud, which I assured him was a great skill to have so he can provide reasoning for his answers."
"We went over the diagnostic test in Algebra II that the student had taken a few days ago. We reviewed the first 12 problems. He responded well to the material; while I did have to explain the mathematical theory underlying each question, once he heard the explanations, he quickly mastered each topic. Next session we will go over some of his homework assignments from his online Math Models class and (time permitting) continue going over the diagnostic."