Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I did some review of old material in preparation for upcoming midterms. We predominantly focused on geometric and arithmetic sequencing, mostly revisiting old concepts."
"Today we covered trigonometric functions and also factorials and summations. I taught her how to use her graphing calculator correctly for sigma and factorials. But she also seemed to have a good understanding of the material without using the calculator. We did a few practice problems from the book and completed her homework assignment. I told her to continue practicing problems from the book to study for her upcoming quiz."
"Started off the session by asking about the test she took on Friday. She expressed that she blanked on some easy concepts but felt she did okay. We finished her chapter 10.1 homework on standard form of ellipses and finding tangent line to ellipses. She was able to do most the homework without much struggle. She is supposed to continuing practicing problem, like the ones on her homework, so she can complete the problems without looking at examples for guidance."
"The first student wanted to review the concepts regarding the binomial theorem and sequences/series. We reviewed how to use Pascal's triangle and factorial a to expand binomials, and we covered the equations used in sequences and did a few example problems together. He seemed to feel more comfortable with the topics by the end of the session. I also spent time with the second student, who wanted to review an array of topics to prep for his placement test. We went through different examples, showing him how to solve each one. While more time was needed for him to grasp certain topics, the session seemed to help reinforce concepts."
"Today we went over the student's quiz on limits and reviewed the chapter on limits for her math exam. We talked about the different ways to solve limit problems (such as eliminating the trig function term, or dividing the numerator and denominator by the highest degree polynomial). We also reviewed a little thermal physics for her test on Thursday, discussing efficiencies of Carnot cycles being due to the lack of heat transfer from one object to another."
"The student was ecstatic at the beginning of the session; she had earned her first A in the class. This supports the idea that the tutoring sessions have provided her with the conceptual catch-up that she needed and have been helping her improve her class grade. During this session, we discussed the rational zero theorem and Descartes' rule of signs. We did some synthetic division problems form the homework. Next time, we will focus on the fundamental theorem of algebra, the conjugate root theorem, and complex conjugates."
"Went over degree/radian conversions. The student had little trouble doing the material after a quick review on the proper steps. We then reviewed the unit circle and what would come next in the unit. I told the student what to prepare for the upcoming week. He seems confident in handling an upcoming quiz on Friday."
"In our session, the student and I worked on rational functions and how to graph them. Specifically, we worked with vertical, horizontal, and slant asymptotes in addition to calculating the domain, range, and roots of each function. She did great in our session, and our session was just as much of a success as last time."
"In this session the student and I reviewed her latest exam; we covered logarithms, graphing, solving for roots. She is attentive and on task; I suggested she memorize the unit circle so it makes it easier to follow her teacher in class."
"We covered limits and rate of change in this session. She had trouble understanding limits first but we got through it. I gave her tips to follow on how to find limits using: algebraic and numerical approaches."
"Another good session with the student. Basically we did a rehash of last week's work with asymptotes and graphing, with the addition of obliques. ?"
"I helped the student review for her upcoming quiz. We went over the trig identities, and I made sure she had them memorized. Then I chose problems for her to do to practice simplifying expressions and proving equations."