Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued working through polynomials. We reviewed all factoring methods for polynomials and going farther to solve for roots and x-intercepts. The student seemed comfortable with most of the factoring techniques and can use them to find roots. The main concern was with small labeling concerns (placing +/- signs and noting multiplicity), but he ended up improving in these issues by the end of the session. "
"We covered finding zeroes of quadratic functions, representing parabolic functions (vertex, points) and utilizing the "completing the square method" in representing parabolas in vertex form. The student was very attentive and a great sport!"
"We covered graphing trigonometric functions. This included the effect of amplitude, period, phase shift, and vertical translation. She was struggling a bit with finding the period, but by the end of the session, she was handling it well. She has a positive attitude toward learning the material, and she was a pleasure to work with."
"We covered how to obtain the minimum and maximum of a quadratic equation (I showed a proof using Calculus), and we covered graphing piecewise functions and defining whether or not they are continuous. He did not really struggle much during the session. He seemed a little confused with how to start the minimum and maximum problems, but, with the correct formula, he was able to push forward. He was very determined and enthusiastic to figure out how to complete the problems. I included a strategy for the piecewise graphs. I told him to ignore the domain limit and graph the whole equation. After doing so, erase the rest of the equation that isn't included in the problem's domain. I did not leave him with any extra practice. He seemed like he really knew the material. I do not have any scores or grades to note progress. I consider this session a great win. He seemed a lot more confident with the material after our session than compared to the beginning of it."
"We covered inequalities, factoring, exponents rules, and word problems. The student understands the concepts well, just needs to pay attention to minor details and break each problem down one step at a time. We went over several strategies for approaching the simplification of fractional expressions with negative exponents as well as how to solve inequalities. We established an approach for word problems. This student is very committed and has a positive attitude!"
"We covered limits of integration and derivatives. The student struggled most with understanding the basic concept of the derivative. We went over the power rule and how it applies to the limit and rate of change. We completed the homework and reviewed some of the old homework she had trouble with. The student has a good understanding of the basics that will carry her into advanced mathematics later on in life. At the end of the year we will work on AP Calculus problems for the AP exam, if she is ready for it."