Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with the student on the handout she was given as a review for her upcoming test on polynomials. We concentrated on factoring polynomials and solving word problems that involved finding perimeter, area, and volume in terms of "x". I believe she would benefit from learning the tic-tac-toe method of factoring. I plan to work with her on this method in our next session which will be before her test. I will also work with her on how to factor 3rd degree polynomial equations. I believe she has a solid grasp of the concepts, she just needs additional practice to build up her confidence."
"In calculus, we practiced taking derivatives of the six trig functions. We also reviewed the product and quotient rules and practiced using multiple rules together with the derivatives of the trig functions. In physics, we reviewed setting up force diagrams to find the sum of the forces on an object. We talked through some of the cases where an object has no net acceleration or no velocity. We looked at how exerting a force at an angle compares to a completely horizontal force. We also went through determining normal force on various objects as well as on an object that is accelerating. The student is doing well using the product and quotient rules, and he is learning the formulas for all six trig functions quickly. He recently got an A on his physics test, and he is doing well with the new concepts of force and relating it to the previous concepts of motion."
"In Calculus. we covered product and quotient rules of derivatives and completed many examples. He was very confident repeating these procedures on polynomial and trigonometric equations, even going so far as to prove the derivative of tangent using the quotient rule. We also went over some problems that included finding the tangent line of a curve. He got an A on his last test with only minor mistakes. In biology, we reviewed protein structure and amino acids, and covered Chapter 8."
"In Math, she has problems with word problems and estimation. In addition, she benefits from visual cues on how to estimate. In reading, she needs to increase her vocabulary and reading comprehension. This will be addressed with the stop and go technique."
"In order to prepare the student for her upcoming linear algebra midterm exam, we started off on the basics, such as matrix and vector properties and operations. Next, we worked on how to turn an arbitrary matrix into upper triangular form and upper echelon forms, working with elimination matrices to perform these operations, and solving systems of equations using matrix operations. By working through some quiz problems the student struggled with and some problems from the text, she was able to practice the material with a guiding hand to help her confidence."
"In our first session, the last before his midterm exam, we focused on the finance chapter of the text. The student needed a more verbal understanding of the problems and the formulas applied. The student had already a solid understanding of the mathematics involved. So we discussed a series of problems that involved for instance the terms refinancing, equity and collateral, and the use of different formulas at the same time, for instance the need of translating to the future value a repeated payment, or to the present value a one-time payment."