Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a test tomorrow covering chapter 3, which deals with polynomials and complex numbers. We covered the basic forms and shapes of polynomials and how to recognize them. Since he did pretty well with that, we moved onto graphing. We did some examples, and went over the steps that need to be taken when graphing. He did well on those, so we took a look at complex numbers. Since working with i is similar to working with variables, it was a fairly easy concept to pick up. The only thing he wasn't familiar with was complex conjugates, but after a brief explanation, he understood their importance. Finally, we did a couple of optimization problems to make sure he was ready for everything."
"We went over how to find the zeros of polynomial equations, including the imaginary zeros. Then we started the next unit and I taught her how to find the horizontal asymptote, the vertical asymptote, and any holes in the curve"
"Today was spent reviewing for the student's pre-calc test. The test will cover chapter 10 of her textbook - 3-dimensional Cartesian coordinates, vectors in space, cross products, and planes. We started by answering a few specific questions, then went over a general review of the chapter. We worked through tougher problems in the book for each section to get practice for the test."
"This session with the student was spent re-covering conic sections, sequences and series. It was all review for his 9 weeks test. He remembered much of the material with only a few topics that needed refreshing. He was having the most trouble with hyperbolas and parabolas but we spent some time reviewing the formulas."
"The student received a 100 on her most recent math test. Way to go! I told her I wasn't surprised since I've noticed a recent increase in her motivation and her comfort with the material. Today we focused on imaginary numbers in polar, which were tricky for her, but she did a great job asking questions when she was confused and she figured it out quickly."
"To prepare for the exam over the conics section, the student reviewed problems from her quizzes. The last section of the conics quiz was her best score, which is great because it was the hardest section. She also worked out every odd problem in the chapter review of the textbook, working on problems involving parabolas, hyperbolas, ellipses and word/application problems."