Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I finished a few more trig problems today from his test review. We then worked on a small amount of graphic using sinusoidal waves (graphing trig functions)."
"I had a chance to finish a test from last week, so we went over the review again for questions he was unsure of. Mostly the circle rules again."
"We covered trig concepts, including angular and linear velocity, reference angles, co-terminal angles, and the unit circle. The student was readily able to solve an angular velocity problem (the spinning wheel) with little guidance, and was able to compute reference and co-terminal angles after brief descriptions of each. I explained the construction of the unit circle again with examples, and encouraged him to practice repeatedly drawing it so he can do so at the beginning of his next test. He got an A on his last quiz, so he is comfortable enough with basic trig calculations. He continues to be very comfortable with biology, and we briefly reviewed the main organelles of the cell."
"Today our class focused on different types of food and restaurants. We looked at some menus and worked on specific vocabulary for ordering food and selecting things from a menu. It was a fun class as we learned all sorts of new vocabulary."
"The student was continuing work on some involved mechanics problems dealing with work and energy, and energy conservation. It was difficult to keep up with all the details of the problems, but he fared pretty well."
"The student had an assignment on macronutrient cycles: water, C, N, P. We discussed biotic and abiotic reservoirs and how inorganic molecules become bioavailable. We practiced searching text for information using key words from the question. He was able to find most answers on his own using this method. We made an outline of the ideas for a study sheet. We also updated the assignment log with upcoming tests."
"Today the student and I covered function equations and linear equations. She practiced substituting various variables into function equations and solving for them. She also learned how to pinpoint the slope and the y intercept of these equations. We also took a graph and identified the y intercepts, solved for the slope, and plugged these answers to solve a function equation. Overall, she is definitely becoming more confident in her skills."
"Today, we spent time reviewing for the student's test, which is tomorrow. Much of our work today was spent reviewing sketching the graphs of functions, which have asymptotes. I emphasized memorizing the rules of how to find horizontal asymptotes (depending on the powers of the numerator and denominator). I also emphasized a strategy to eliminate confusion-- when creating an axis, establish the scale of the graphs and draw them out more thoroughly before beginning to plot points and sketch curves. In addition to these functions, we worked on other things, such as graphing exponential and logarithmic equations, starting from the base points of (0,1) and (1,0) respectively, and adjusting them and finding their asymptotes."
"Tonight's main focus was analogies and synonyms. We practiced using the skills we reviewed over all of our sessions. The student did much better finding key words and trying to fill in analogies. We spent time going over ways for her to organize her thoughts on the essay portion. Although this isn't graded, it will be sent to her school to read, so having a well-organized essay is very important. In math, we practiced circle and triangle properties to solve word problems. She was surprising herself after drawing a model solving these problems, so her confidence grew."
"The student had a worksheet that she worked on. Topics included graphs of polynomial functions, finding minima and maxima (both absolute and relative), solving polynomial functions for y, algebraically calculating the inverse of a polynomial function, and solving a quadratic function by completing the square. We scheduled three more meetings. We also discussed her successes from last semester and her goal for this semester."
"Today we reviewed how to determine if a quadrilateral can be a parallelogram. We also reviewed how parallelograms can be applied in word problems. We also figured out what biconditional statements are and how to compose them. The homework assignment the student completed consisted of solving for sides, angles, and bisecting lines of parallelograms with 2 variables. We covered our next steps in preparation for the student's upcoming exam. He has grasped the material extremely well."
"The student read several chapters of his new book. After reading we went over the challenging vocabulary. He's doing a great job and has shown marked improvement. Our next session will be on Wednesday."