Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over his first two exam and the problems he got wrong on them. We also scanned through all the material over the semester and highlighted what he should put on his note card for his final tomorrow."
"Tonight we worked the rest of the multiple choice questions from a prior year's AP Calculus AB exam. Tonight is the last session with the student because tomorrow is her AP exam."
"During our session yesterday, we covered angle measurement. This included topics such as determining the initial side, the terminal side and standard position of an angle. I introduced coterminal angles, reference angles/solving right angles and the unit circle. We covered 3 sections in the book and went through the book's examples. While the student's teacher has not covered these topics, she will have the advantage of going into class having already seen the material. She was quite engaged and it was great to see her work through the unit circle. She not only calculated the angles in radians, but she was able to calculate the values of sine and cosine for those various angles. It was a good exercise for her to be able to do this on her own and really get a hands on feel for the material."
"We reviewed for her quiz by practicing graphing functions and finding their asymptotes. She is very good at finding horizontal and vertical asymptotes and holes in the graph. Finding oblique asymptotes can be problematic for her at times. She can recognize when a graph has an oblique asymptote, but she is having the most trouble with polynomial long division. She knows what to do, but messes up while doing it sometimes. She simply needs to check her work a few times to ensure there are no mistakes. Overall, she is fairly well prepared for the quiz."
"Today, I just did a review of all the topics for his AP exam tomorrow. I made sure he is careful on certain concepts that he tends to forget, such as chain rule and product rule, particularly on implicit differentiation. I made sure he understood when to take derivatives and understanding why it must be done. I believe he will do well on his exam tomorrow."
"As we had finished a review of the math homework earlier this week, we worked on a review of the student's Spanish writing assignment. I had the student write his paper in English twice before he translated it into Spanish. It was important for him to incorporate the words from the quiz into his paper. I had him use several words from that section in order to demonstrate his understanding of the language and the lesson. I also encouraged him to purchase a good Spanish to English dictionary."