Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began our next chapter for his summer course. He recently took his midterm and got a 93%. This raised his average to above the threshold required to take his desired course next semester. After discussing the midterm, we began to review exponential functions and their properties. The first few sections of the chapter reviewed algebraic properties, graphs, domain/ range, intercepts, and solving exponential equations. He is strong with algebra, and picked up this material very quickly. We did work through a few graph transformation problems, and determining the domain/ range of transformed functions. Before wrapping up, I introduced the log(x) function, which will be covered in the next sections of this chapter. He plans on working on the section review and reading the upcoming sections. The plan is to complete the chapter by Sunday to be prepared for Monday's exam."
"Today the student and I covered Avogadro's number and its applications to calculating molar masses and number of atoms in a given sample. Additionally, we covered more graphing techniques, to include phase shifts and secant/cosecant/tangent functions."
"Today we covered condensing and expanding logarithm, changing of base, solving exponential and logarithm functions. The student didn't not struggle, she simply wanted to be introduced to next year algebra 2 concepts."
"Today we diagnosed the problems she was having with trigonometry and some related algebra issues. This included the concept of radian measure. She exhibited an excellent attitude and preparedness to learn, and I stressed that she do more practice and memorize the basic identities and formulas. She was asked to do more similar problems, and get ready for the coming topics. She is an excellent student and informed me that she has a 4.0 GPA. Trigonometry is the only subject with which she is struggling. She wants to place out of college algebra and trigonometry, and her final exam on this subject will be in 10 days (she wants as much tutoring as possible before that.) It proved to be a very useful session, and she requested to have another 2-hour session tomorrow afternoon."
"Today we discussed the uses of the power rule, ways to manipulate functions in order to use the power rule when it isn't useful, and the product rule. We completed the first half of chapter 4 and the weekly forum discussion. This included cofunctions and their derivatives as well."
"Today we met for the first time and discussed the student's needs and goals for the summer. We covered some basic trigonometry, including SOHCAHTOA and the unit circle, before moving onto Law of Sines/Cosines and Polar Coordinates. She is a quick learner! Next time we meet, she hopes to have a packet of quizzes from her teacher that we can work through."