Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed book problems that were data-oriented, so a lot of the time was consumed by data entry. We were able to discuss the t-test and t-interval for linear regression problems, which seemed to be productive."
"The student and I went over practice problems tonight for his test this Friday. The problems included convergence/divergence of integrals, solution of parametric equations and finding the tangent line to a point of a curve defined by parametric equations. The latter sections seemed pretty straight forward for him. There is significant improvement in his conceptual understanding."
"Today we covered simple interest and interest compounded annually. This was a new concept for the student, so she struggled a little bit at the beginning with identifying which cases were simple and which were compounded annually. Once she could distinguish between the two, it was just a matter of using her formulas for class. We also had to work application problems where we had to look at the interest and summed balance after each year. She did well on this and with more practice, she will get better at it. The second student and I worked on factoring polynomials. After working examples from the textbook, he did really well with this concept. Both student did well today and we will continue to practice these new concepts they are learning."
"The student and I continued to review for the second half of his college algebra final tomorrow. He said the first part covered the first part of the review very well, so we focused on the second part of the review. We covered functions, compounding interest, half lives, and other similar concepts."
"We reviewed logarithmic functions for the student's quiz this week. As we worked from problem to problem his understanding of the material grew more and more. He was very confident with the material after I showed him a few tips about how to remember each step in solving log functions."
"We reviewed using the cylindrical shell method for finding volumes of solids created by rotating an area around some axis. We practiced setting up the integrals for rotating around a vertical axis and a horizontal axis. Once we were able to sketch the area and the axis of rotation, the student was able to determine the radius and height for the shells being integrated. We were able to describe a general formula for the radius when rotating around an axis away from the x- or y- axes. We also talked about some of the free-response questions from the exam, particularly the differential equation problem and the part asking for the particular solution that was in the form y=m*x+b. We talked about what the derivatives of a linear equation look like and how to find a particular linear solution by setting the second derivative equal to zero."