Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on practice problems utilizing the information we built a study guide for the previous session. I also explained several systems of equations problems utilizing conic sections as well, and test-taking tips. The student did a great job on remembering the information we covered previously, and was able to make his own connections on how the different conic sections relate to each other. The student has shown me that he is well prepared for his exam tomorrow."
"We were working on polar coordinates and graphing today. After explanations and practicing with it, the student started to get the hang of it, and she will continue to review the concepts."
"This week we covered how to calculate the instantaneous rate of change and how to estimate the instantaneous rate of change using a graph. Overall, the student grasped these problems well, and by the end understood the basic methodology to solve these types of problems. The strategies we used were to always find the initial and final values, and the (y-y)/(x-x) equation to find the rate of change. We also covered a topic that was going to be discussed in her class the following day, which was how to estimate the shape of derivative graphs. She understood this concept very well, so it should give her a head start on some of the new material. The previous week she got 100% on her quiz, indicating that she understood the topics of compound interest, doubling time, and rate of decay. This session went very smoothly and by the end I think she understood the topic well."
"We reviewed for the test on Tuesday. The test is on the common trigonometric identities (Pythagorean, sum, difference, product, double and half). The material covers showing relations hold using the identities and find the exact value of trig functions using the identities. The student seems to have a good understanding of this material."
"We covered vectors, the component form of a vector, and magnitude. We also reviewed some geometry concepts, particularly Soh Cah Toa. Afterward we went over the student's third problem set. The student has a good understanding of vectors after our session. At this point, he knows how to solve all three problem sets, which covers all of the material for the remainder of his class. The student just needs to keep practicing and he should be set to finish the semester strongly."
"The student and I spent our session covering new material from Chapter 5 on Trig Identities and applying them to various types of problems. After an instructional portion where we referred back to the unit circle and related the new material to concepts she was already familiar with, we spent the rest of the session working on a take-home assignment she had been given on these concepts. The assignment is not due until Tuesday, and the length of the work combined with the complexity of the topic will require an additional session on Monday to complete it. Despite its difficulty, she demonstrated a high aptitude for this section of the chapter, and even mentioned that she enjoys completing this type of problem! She only needed gentle coaching on some of the more complicated problems, and should be well-prepared moving forward with this chapter. However, she does need to spend some time memorizing the identities (whether through use of flashcards, drills, or whatever method works best for her) because they will not be provided for her on the test."