Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We conducted a review of sine and cosine graphs. We reviewed domain and range of function and how to determine the limitation of each. We also devised problems to determine vertical and horizontal asymptotes. In addition, we completed practice problems involving exact values of the unit circle using trig functions, and relating value to the reference angle."
"We covered completing the square to find the vertex form of quadratic equations. The student needed help with this for some time, but with practice became much more adept at it. She will review her notes and try a few problems in her book as practice."
"We covered how to identify holes and asymptotes (vertical and horizontal), then started covering the basics of limits. The student definitely needs further instruction and practice with limits, but I think he understands the core concept. The next thing he will need to be looking at are limits of more complex polynomials and other functions (trig functions, etc.)."
"We covered his homework and in-class problems, which were about inverse functions. The student has a very strong algebra foundation. He struggled with a couple minor parts of inverse functions: graphing inverse functions, simplifying fractions with variables on top and bottom, and the domain and range of inverse functions. We reinforced those ideas through the practice problems. By the end of the session, he seemed much more comfortable with this. No extra practice this week. I will probably assign something after next session."
"The student and I reviewed the current material in her class. Topics covered included building on the fundamentals of the derivative, including an introduction of the product and quotient rules for taking the derivative of a multi-function equation."
"We covered a logarithm quiz the student did, modeling exponential problems he struggled with, and additionally throwing in domain problems and a trigonometry problem at the end. The student made a couple of minor mistakes on his quiz. Additionally, the student did not know that he could solve any problem of two variables using the two given (or implied) equations (system of equations). I did not leave the student with extra practice, though I did foreshadow that limits and trigonometry would be used in the future."
"Today we covered logarithmic and exponential graphs, transformations, radioactive decay with the primary focus on deriving function equations from graph. I provided him with a standard "plug-and-chug" method for deriving equations. He is doing well with the algebra."
"Today, the student and I studied. We also worked on memorization of common trig angles and finding reference angles."
"This session we spent going over the student's homework covering solving trig equations. After a few guided problems, she was able to solve them independently. We will continue to work on recognizing trig identities."
"We covered logarithm and exponential functions. Specifically, we were working with how to solve these functions using specific properties. The student showed an excellent understanding on how to approach these problems. She knows how to simplify and solve logarithm and exponential functions. Outside of an initial lesson in the beginning of our session, she required little to no help from me. I feel very confident in her skills in this area and is showing an overall improvement on her algebra work and the organization of her problem steps."
"The student and I met tonight instead of tomorrow so we could prep her for her upcoming test. We spent the time going over the quizzes from this unit and I made up problems for her to try on subjects she wanted more practice in. We did extra work on piece wise functions and finding domain. She knows the trig very well. She has the unit circle and reference triangles all memorized from all the homework. I think she'll do well on this test."
"We covered the student's homework which consisted of an online posted sheet of questions in review for her quiz tomorrow. She has still not taken her unit circle quiz; I urged her to do so as it covers the basic trig values and concepts that should be automatic to move on to more advanced ideas. To that end I gave her two mock unit circle quizzes; I deliberately made them more difficult than what I expect her to be tested on. I think she will do well."