Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In calculus, we practiced using the product and quotient rules to take derivatives of functions, and we reviewed the power and constant multiple rules. We also made sure to practice taking derivatives of functions that needed both the product and quotient rules to completely solve. In physics, we went through Newton's laws of motion and practiced drawing free body diagrams. We talked through different situations and how the forces add up such as a person standing in an elevator or a box sitting on a table. We talked about the normal force and how it can change depending on the forces in the opposite direction. He is doing well working with the product and quotient rules for derivatives, and we talked about several different ways that a problem could ask for the derivative of a function. He is also doing better working with Newton's laws and understanding how forces on an object add and subtract."
"In this last session, I helped her with her exam reviews for her math class. With her, I covered algebraic axioms including associative, cumulative, identity, inverse, and distributive properties. I also covered how to multiply and divide fractions and decimals. I'm confident she will continue to succeed in the future!"
"In this session I gave the student a brief introduction to how computers process and store information, how some of the different parts of computers work, and started him on the basics of Java programming. I had him copy a few simple programs in order to show him how a class should be structured and so he could get used to the syntax and how to make method calls. In his first program, I showed him his mistakes and how to find them and had him correct the rest of the programs he wrote on his own. To finish the session, I had him write his own program from scratch to print his name to the console in big across several lines, using smaller letters to build them. He seems excited to learn programming, and he's picking up on it quickly."
"In this session the student worked through geometry homework dealing primarily with calculating the distance between two points and the midpoint of a line. In working with the distance formula, we also discussed the Pythagorean Theorem and its relation to how we compute distance and how to use the distance formula to compute the perimeter of a triangle in a plane. In our work with midpoints, we also discussed how we might use the midpoint formula twice to find a point 1/4 of the way along a line. We also put some emphasis on how drawing a figure of geometric problems can also help in visualizing how we can solve the problem. He was comfortable with using the formulas presented."
"In this session we covered his current class material, and completed some of his assigned work from his class. We focused on both the box method, and finding the LCD when working with complex fractions. Also we went over breaking down word problems into their mathematical interpretations."
"In this session we went over some problems on his canvas which mainly involved finding the roots of an equation based off of a ax^2+bx+c format. We then went over some example problems to give him more practice, and then we went over how to take the standard quadratic formula and convert it into the vertex format. Some tips to help him are to take his time when doing math, making sure he understands what he is looking for and what every constant is ie a,b, or c, and to take his time when doing the problems. He also needs to learn/memorize the method for completing the squares."