Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Like last time, the student caught on very quickly. The one thing I challenged her to start doing is finding ways to independently check her work, which is especially important since she will be taking the ACT and SAT soon."
"We continued to practice working with vectors. We went through the component form of a vector and how to find that from the end points of the vector or from the magnitude and direction. We practiced adding and subtracting vectors in component form as well as multiplying by scalars. We talked about the two unit vectors for the x- and y-directions and how to write a vector in terms of the unit vectors. Lastly we reviewed the trigonometric relations between the sides of a right triangle and one of its acute angles. The student is doing well finding the magnitude of a vector from its component form and she is doing better converting a vector into component form once we reviewed the relationship between the sides and the angles of a right triangle."
"The student and I reviewed his new homework on graphing polar equations. Going over cardioids, limacons, roses, and more, I helped him understand all the rules and formulas that form these graphs. Using reference angles, we were able to determine how to graph these circles on a polar graph that involves r and theda. Overall, the material was new to me, but he and I were able to tackle the material and come to a common understanding."
"During this session, the recent test was reviewed to highlight the deficiencies in the student's knowledge of derivatives before continuing with the next topic. Additionally, textbook homework covering power functions, logarithms, and shortcuts to taking the derivative was completed."
"We worked on graphing trig functions and interpreting inverse trig functions. Strategies I emphasized focused on checking work and making an effort to understand the conceptual issues to help identify answers that don't make sense."
"We fit in this session before the second half of the student's test (tomorrow, today was first half with the calculator) to go over a few more review problems and last minute questions. I gave her some advice on which formulas to memorize and which ones to derive, explaining my reasons both in terms of what has helped me on tests in the past and what I think would fit her the best. She's a great student to work with and has made tremendous progress in a short time. I hope to see her success reflected in her test grade!"