Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student wanted to go through her practice placement exam for her chosen university. Our goal was to go through the problems and cover the material she had covered this year in precalculus, so that she would be confident to take the placement test herself during the week. She was aware that she could skip any questions she had no idea about, but should make the effort on those that would be a challenge (but not impossible). She is still a little shaky on radicals and logarithms, so we'll work on that this summer to get her ready for her college mathematics course in the fall. We scheduled a tutoring session for the end of June to begin the review."
"We spent most of the time reviewing for the student's cumulative final. He has a good understanding of the earlier material, most of which had already been reviewed. He'll need to do some more study for the newer material (trigonometry, polar graphs, matrices). He'll need to pay particular attention to matrices and vectors, since they are still new concepts for him."
"We reviewed verifying identities and derivatives. The student seems to really have derivatives down. She is doing very well with finding the first and second derivatives."
"We focused this session on derivatives of functions. In particular, we discussed how to calculate the slope of the secant line between two points of a graph, how this relates to the slope of the tangent line, and how this ultimately leads to the limit definition of a derivative. We also worked through some problems that involved calculating derivatives using the limit definition and discussed more generally the techniques employed in these problems."
"The student and I worked diligently and well on finishing his review packet/problems for his final pre-calculus exam. We covered the wide range of trigonometry problems -- graphing transformed trig functions, proving trig identities, finding angles and trig ratios, working in the unit circle's four quadrants, using sum and difference formulas for finding a trig function of an angle without using a calculator, and more. We also spent a good segment of time reviewing and working through a problem dealing with expanding a polynomial function using the binomial theorem. I feel very, very good about his attitude towards the material and his grasp of it."
"The student has a final exam Monday. We went over vectors, trig identities, trig proofs, and conversions of coordinates (polar, rectangular, and parametric). The student did well, and understands all the concepts. I encouraged him to check his answers with his calculator, and to practice memorizing all the formulas needed for the test."