Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered geometric series and arithmetic series, including how to fined infinite sums and how to write series in sigma notation. The student seems to have a good grasp on the material. We are going to have another session tomorrow to prepare for his exam the next day."
"We reviewed through several concepts related to vector math (unit vectors, magnitudes, direction, orthogonality, dot products, and more). The student was initially needed help with the topics and their interrelations, but as we went through the relevant formulas and applied them to each problem, she became comfortable with this process. I wrote down the important formulas and the page numbers that refer to the specific examples in her textbook for her to review on her own."
"The student had a test coming up so we prepared for that. The two main topics were parametric equations and polar coordinates. We worked on these topics when they were first introduced a couple weeks ago. The polar coordinates require you to think in a unique way and this was causing some problems for the student. It is important to stop and think if you are in polar coordinates or rectangular coordinates, because you are often switching between the two. She had a review packet that we worked through, leaving half of the problems for her to complete on her own. At the end of the session, we created a "cheat sheet" for studying that included the different types of problems and the equations that she will have to memorize."
"We worked mostly on problems with completing the square today. I came up with a bunch for her to do, and we practiced until she seemed to be more confident in the process. We also reviewed her biology lab and then worked with some parabolic equations (rockets)."
"We went over optimization problems (finding maximum x values and volumes) for a rectangular prism, cylinder, and cone. The student had some difficulty imagining how to form a rectangular prism by cutting pieces from a 2-dimensional rectangle. I asked him to try forming an actual prism by cutting pieces similar to the diagram to better visualize the problem. He just started learning about these concepts, but he picked them up quickly, especially finding the domain of the variable. We were able to complete his assignment, and he had a better understanding of the material by the end of our session."
"In this session, we reviewed the domain, range, and composition of functions. She has a very good grasp of understanding how the parent functions determine the domain of a function. She was very focused and maintained a "can-do" attitude throughout the session. We discussed strategies for decomposing functions, including how to identify the "inside functions." I recommended she attempt more problems to solidify the concepts. Overall, it was a productive session."