Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on more review problems. We talked about the quadratic formula, scale factors in geometry, calculating side lengths in triangles and the zero product property. We spent most of the time focusing on the zero product property and how to factor different types of equations."
"Today, the student and I reviewed her summer packet that she was given to prep for Calc BC. She needed a refresher on the concepts towards the end of the packet, so we spent our time going through those. We managed to get through all of the concepts, and she left the session feeling confident. We didn't do every problem, as I wanted her to have some practice trying each concept on her own, without me walking her through each of them."
"Yesterday we covered trig functions using the more advanced definition that comes from unit circles instead of the triangle definition that the student is familiar with. We practiced using radian angle measurements, and using all six basic trig functions. We also covered inverse trig functions. At the end, we also used what we had learned to sketch and sine function by hand."
"The student and I reviewed a review worksheet his teacher gave him over the skills he'll need to be familiar with to start studying calculus. He had solved a lot of the problems independently but the things he didn't know were especially unclear, which is not a big deal given the summer off, but something I will keep an eye on as they start learning new material in the coming weeks."
"This was our last session. We covered the end of the limits chapter and moved on to derivatives. Since the student hadn't studied derivatives before, we started from the very beginning with looking at the definition of a derivative in terms of limits. We moved on to cover the rule for constants, power rule, product rule, quotient rule, and chain rule. I had her do practice problems with each of the rules to make sure she didn't have questions with any of them. As well, we briefly went through how to find the derivative of a graph and how to find higher order derivatives. In the remaining time we had, we went through refreshers on any of the topics she had lingering questions in. In all of our sessions, she has been very attentive to detail and picked up new concepts quickly. We rapidly covered an entire year's course, so I simply urge her to keep practicing before her test. I wish her all the best on her exam!"
"We went over some algebra 2 concepts she's reviewing for the beginning of her precalculus class, including end behavior limits and finding horizontal and vertical asymptotes."