Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's final is next week, and we are still working our way through the review packets. First, we refined her work on vectors and shored up any questions she had on the topic. She is quite good at them. Then we did work on the chapter for sequences and series. She is a little shaky on remembering the equations, but when she has them she does fine. Last, we spent the majority of the time on probability. She is still having a very difficult time with probabilities, but I think we made major strides today. It was the first time I saw her look a bit comfortable with some of the probability problems."
"The student has a unit test coming up on Tuesday, June 3. She had some questions regarding the transformations of sinusoidal curves, so we first addressed her problems. Then, we tackled word problems, which dealt with sinusoidal curves. We first conceptualized all the problems, and then applied our findings to specific examples. After we went through her homework, she was able to articulate the process herself, and also do problems by herself. She seems comfortable with word problems & sinusoidal curves."
"We studied quite thoroughly for the student's final exam. We went over everything and then covered anything he didn't know to fill in any potential gaps."
"We finished the webwork assignment that we started yesterday. There were some very difficult problems towards the end of the assignment. This sort of practice is good as these are the types of questions that appear on the test. I had him pay close attention to the methodology of how these are solved and he wrote plenty of notes to himself as to tactics he should remember. We are going to meet over the weekend a couple times as a final review for Monday's test, the last one of the semester."
"We covered standard formula for circles, practicing identifying center, radius and drawing the graph from the formula. We converted non-standard form to standard-form. The student seems to be more confident working on the coordinate plane. We began to talk about functions."
"Today we worked on polar coordinates - the student was pretty comfortable with these. The trickiest part was determining the angle based on which quadrant it was in - remembering that tin^-1 can be ambiguous, and you have to look at your unit circle or know which signs belong in which quadrants to figure out what the angle actually is. We also worked on some chemistry - he said they started talking about the equilibrium constant Kc/Kp in class, so I also introduced Q and Le Chatelier's principle. He seemed to understand the concepts pretty well."