Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent the session working with conic sections. We began with an overview of the general form equations, looking at major similarities and differences. I showed her how to plot each conic section using the general form equation, and then had her do a few for practice. We then went over some problems from a review sheet she had that involved producing an equation from some specific details such as vertex and focus. We ended our session by working on more complete conic section problems, where we began with an equation that was not in general form and simplified it. I reviewed completing the square with her and walked her through the process once before asking her to try. She picked it up very quickly and was solving them with very little assistance by the end of our session."
"We covered solving inequality equations. Factoring out so the problem could be easily solved helped her out once we did a few. She has been doing pretty well of late. She felt confident about this material. She received a high B on her last quiz. Her grade has steadily risen since we've started."
"Today when I met with the student we began to do his final exam review that his professor assigned. The material we were able to cover were some of the fundamentals. Basically just the distance formula, the midpoint formula, all equations of a line, how to find a line with a perpendicular/parallel slope given a point and a line equation, system of equations through multiple methods, and testing for symmetry. He seemed to do well with the concepts. After he would think about the answer, he would understand what the answer would be. We are scheduled to have a 2 hour session this Saturday to finish reviewing for his final."
"I assisted the student with a review of her pre-calculus homework, which consisted of sequence and summation notation problems. The student had one sequence problem that she had quite a bit of difficulty with, but I helped her through it. She also got the hang of summation notation rather quickly. The student did a great job today!"
"In this session, the student and I worked on complex numbers. We started with what a complex number is and how it fits into our other number systems. We then went into plotting complex numbers on a real and imaginary axis. After that, we began to work through the algebraic properties of complex numbers. The student picked up on the topics pretty quickly. We had done a lot of work with polar coordinates previously, so when working with De Moivre's theorem, the student was doing well with the calculations. After working through the material and notes related to his homework, we made sure to review the remaining topics in the chapter. This included taking nth roots of complex numbers, division, multiplication, and exponential powers of complex numbers."
"We worked on a test review. We talked about systems of equations and inequalities, and how to solve them and graph them. We also talked about how to solve different kinds of equations and extraneous solutions. Finally, we ended up by discussing bias and how this applies to statistics questions."