Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was review that mainly focused on concepts reviewed last week in preparation for an exam. The student is good about asking questions and should direct most study efforts toward concepts that feel difficult or unclear while occasionally reviewing areas where she feels confident."
"This session we started working with chapter 3. It focused mostly on finding the slope and intercepts of equations, using the slope and y-intercept to graph those equations, determining if a function is increasing, decreasing, or constant, and working with inequalities. Since this is still mostly review of things learned in previous classes, the student is still doing well with the material, and we are only having to correct a few minor mistakes. We will have to wait for the first exam to come around to properly assess where he stands."
"This was my first meeting with the student. She had a handout from her pre-calculus class about transformations, mostly on hyperbolas. I showed her how to work with these functions, how to find the vertical and horizontal asymptotes, and how to do a quick sketch graph of them. She was also working with end behavior, and limits. Good session!"
"This was my first time meeting with my student. She is covering polynomials in class and had trouble understanding the homework. To start the session, I made sure she knew all the basic terminology used to discuss polynomials. She couldn't remember what the graphs of parent functions looked like, so I recommended she study them more. We then explored the roots of a polynomial and compared the concept to the x- and y-intercepts of a linear equation. Roots had been a big obstacle for her, and after a thorough explanation of the concept, everything seemed to click for her. We worked through some problems that had us graphing polynomials of various degrees, and she became much more comfortable with determining when a function is positive or negative. We also explored the concept of a function's end behavior, and she recognized that terms with higher degree change more rapidly. She seemed to be in a much better place by the end of our session."
"This was our first meeting, but online was more convenient for both of us. We discussed slant asymptotes and the different kinds of domains that functions can have. We also discussed the signs for different functions in different domains. She had a quiz the next day, so she already knew most of the material. We also discussed how zeroes factor into asymptote functions."
"This was the first meeting with the student. For the first 15 minutes, we discussed his recent experience with Pre-Cal, what are some of the problems he is facing in the class and how he feels about his teacher. We went over some tips to help him handle the difficulties he is having, especially with taking notes. We then began to work on the review for his Pre-Cal test on Wednesday. He had a review packet to complete. We reviewed the unit circle which would be needed for the test. We discussed the best way to use the circle and how to memorize it. We then went through the different sorts of questions laid out in the review packet. We made sure to do a few of the more difficult questions in each section in order to make sure he understood each type of problem. The student picked up very quickly on the ideas presented in this lesson. He does most of the work in his head, which can be a problem for some teachers. In the future, we can work on writing out the work."