Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed how to parameterize equations. We also went over polar coordinates and how to change between polar and rectangular coordinates. We did several example problems, and she did alright with them."
"The student had a nice list of questions to work on today. We focused on complex numbers and logarithms. I was especially impressed with his ability to work with square roots of negative numbers in terms of "i". We did some practice with "i" squared, cubed, etc. As usual our problems involved zeros of polynomials and some long division. He seems to understand the concepts of zeros and factorization well, which is good."
"We went over introductions in statistics. The student had a handle of the math involved, but was confused on how to interpret the questions and knowing when to implement each formula. I broke down the difference between scenarios involving permutation, combination, and counting theory. We did several examples in which he had to identify which method to use. After I felt he was ready, I assigned him a practice set of problems to do and he did well, answering the majority of them correctly. We then went over probability and prepared him for more complicated applications of the topic. He also informed me that he is pulling up his overall grade to a near A."
"We went over material for the student's test tomorrow. Most of the time was spent practicing with logarithms (expanding, contracting, and solving equations). We also worked through problems on population growth (logistic growth model) and solving cubic equations with synthetic division. He seems to have a good grasp of the material."
"We went over product rule, chain rule, and the quotient rule and their utility in calculus. We evaluated a few problems using all 3 of these rules. I also had the student solve for critical points. We then did some application questions with physics involving projectile motion. I also introduced the Newton Raphson method, which is a very simple technique for determining zeros of equations, once you know their derivatives. Finally, we did some more questions on related rates, which he understood very well. Overall, he has a very good grasp of calculus so far and isn't struggling with any concepts."
"We went over the student's review sheet for Friday's exam. We covered a number of topics, including converting standard parabolic equations into vertex forms. We also covered a number of graphing and algebraic techniques."