Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on finding the exact value of angles using double angle formulas. The student needs to keep practicing so that he can work through problems more quickly on his quizzes and tests. He has a good attitude toward learning the material."
"He and I spent much of our time discussing geometry and word problems this past week. Specifically, I guided him through the thought process of how to derive common geometric formulas on his own (such as area of a triangle, and surface area of a cylinder), as well as taking word problem and turning them into workable equations."
"He and I worked on homework was assigned. A major topic was solving quadratic equations by factoring or using the quadratic formula. The factoring problems covered a variety of modes: when a=1; when a<>1; difference of squares pattern; and factoring with only two terms. He was pretty self-sufficient with these problems, after being re-introduced to the steps of factoring. The new topic was finding the discriminant of a quadratic and using that value to determine the type of solution(s): rational, irrational, or imaginary. Although the process was confusing at first, he was able to accurately find the discriminant and describe what it meant in terms of ultimate solution(s) to the quadratic equations presented. We worked steadily with few side-activities, and he was more engaged with the material than some of our recent sessions. Although we did not complete all the assigned problems, he felt confident in his ability to do all the remaining problems on his own."
"He is looking over Functions currently in his Pre-Calc/Trig class. We worked on problems with point-slope form vs. slope-intercept form of functions. We worked problems determining whether a function is increasing/decreasing over a specific range and whether the function is even or odd. Much of this was review from his Algebra II class. On some of the topics, he needed a refresher, but once his memory was jogged, he was able to work through the problems successfully."
"I helped the student with homework in trigonometry. I don't think he was necessarily struggling with any concepts, because I felt that he understood them, it was just helpful for him to have someone check his steps throughout the problems. We worked on simplifying expressions, rationalizing numerators/denominators and simplifying cos/sin functions. We went over pattern recognition in solving similar types of problems, especially finding least common denominators."
"I reviewed quadratic inequalities with the student. I had him work out similar problems. Observed careless mistakes from either going too fast or not writing out all the steps. Has shown improvement in precision. Very productive session and grasps concepts very well."