Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, in additions to ellipses, hyperbolas, and circles, parabolas were reviewed and discussed, and solving non-linear systems of equations were taught."
"The student and I continue to work on precalculus topics like areas of circles, special right triangles, and circumscribed polygons. He worked to finish his homework, taking his time to make sure he understood every step he took. It is important that he read the directions carefully before attempting each problem, something I saw was a source of unnecessary hiccups along the way. The student has a test on Friday this week and should do as much practice as possible beforehand to gain confidence in his abilities."
"The student had a test the next day covering all of the complex and polar problems. There is a lot of information on this test, so we used this session to go over everything and work on weaker areas. ."
"Next in the student's coursework was an overview of complex numbers, and then the application of them as complex roots to polynomials. There was a focus on Descartes' Rule for positive roots and on the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, and the practical applications involved some synthetic division and factoring polynomials. She is comfortable with polynomials and was, to my surprise, undaunted at all by complex numbers, because she had explored them in great depth the previous year. At the end, was a lesson on vertical and horizontal asymptotes and how to find them. During this session she completed two quizzes very quickly on her own and earned 100% on each of them. She is doing great."
"The student didn't have anything specific she wanted to cover, so we started with the oldest material and did a quick review of as much as we could. She seemed to feel better after doing better on her recent tests, but hasn't revisited the old material yet and is struggling a bit with that. Her attitude is ok. Extra practice is to work on the problems on the teacher's study guide. She said she did well on the last quiz!"
"We went over normal distribution. The student was familiar with the empirical rule and how normal bell curves should be set up. We reviewed how to calculate probabilities based on the rule and how to interpret basic questions involving such topics. We then reviewed vocabulary and connected them with questions so that she could easily identify them in context. We then went over the z-statistic (both definition and formula) and made sure she could interpret the statistic from the bell curve. I then made sure the student was able to interpret and correctly use a normal distribution chart. We then brought most of the material together by having her calculate probabilities based on set means and standard deviations. She was able to maneuver her way through the basic problems with little assistance. I then reviewed additional vocabulary with her and made sure she can apply it in questions. She was able to correctly determine whether certain samples are random or not. She takes her test on Friday."