Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a quiz coming up on polar coordinates and complex numbers, so we prepared for that. We went through everything to make sure he was comfortable with all possible problems on the quiz. We took some extra time to talk about and practice problems that were difficult. The hardest part is remembering the equations and understanding exactly what you are trying to find; once you get to that point, the calculations aren't hard. With some more practice, he will do very well on this quiz."
"The student explained that her class was now out of their pre-calculus book and have moved on to an AP calculus book. She needed some clarification on limits. So far, she has been working on solving them algebraically. We went over some of the techniques to use when the denominator would equal zero when plugging in the number. One was to multiply by the conjugate. The other was to factor the numerator and plug in the value into the new function (remembering that even though it is not in the domain of the function, it still has that limit). She explained that they would be approaching limits graphically soon. I believe that once this happens, she will get a better understanding of just what a limit is, and what all the math really means. I will be sending her the link to a video that will help to clear up any confusion on our last problem."
"The student has a test on derivatives, particularly the meaning of first and second derivatives, related rate and optimization. We completed some practice problems."
"The student is progressing in his understanding and scored good in his last test. The student mainly solved his packets in conic sections and circles. The student is gaining more confidence and even volunteered to solve some of the problems. He will need to follow up on the topics by reviewing our work. The session went great and we planned to meet on Thursday."
"The student completed a homework assignment on proving two given trigonometric expressions are equal, by deriving one from the other. Then we continued to practice on more challenging examples and reviewed the two forms of periodic functions."
"The student and I prepared for his test tomorrow. We did practice problems from the book relating to parametric and polar functions, converting between them and graphing them. We also worked on a few word problems which employed the concepts discussed in the book."