Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we were able to complete the student's Calculus homework involving infinity limits. We then used this method to determine the right and left end behavior of functions. Then, we were able to match functions with their graphs and create functions based on their limit behavior."
"Today's session with the student consisted of going over some more problem areas and really clearing them up. The challenge onward will be shifting into the "Calculus Mentality" because it involves a different mathematical thought process. With future sessions, honing in on this shift will help him succeed. That is my goal for this course."
"Tonight the student and I reviewed for his test tomorrow (Wednesday). The main topics for the test are translating, stretching/compressing, and reflecting functions, and finding inverse functions. She is expected to know the graphs of a number of "base" functions, including the square root function, the x^2 and x^3 functions, various linear functions, and possibly the 1/x function, and then to be able to modify these to graph various other functions. The student understands very well how to do this. He also understands perfectly the algebraic technique for finding inverse functions (when this is possible). We did all of the problems on his review sheet tonight, and he got the vast majority of them right. He made a few small algebraic errors, almost always as a result of dropping a negative, so I mentioned that this is one thing he might look out for on his test. But overall I think he is in excellent shape. I'm happy to meet with the student again whenever he needs help!"
"Tonight the student finished a homework assigned for her math class! It covered vectors, magnitude, and finding initial velocity, with the components of time, gravity, angle with the horizontal, etc. She understands the material and with her exam coming up, I have confidence she'll do well on it!"
"Tonight was my first session meeting back with the student again this year. We reviewed his last quiz on limits, which he did not do as well on. I reviewed his textbook to have an understanding of what techniques he has learned so far to solve limits. One of the fundamental methods I suggested he use, and which he was likely required to use on some of his quiz questions, was to perform a numerical approximation by plugging in values. As we worked through some of his difficult quiz questions, this helped him get the correct answer. With regards to his homework, he had little to no issue performing these limits. I reminded him that if there was a vertical asymptote, the limit would tend toward positive or negative infinity. This could help him check his work as he went through these types of problems. We plan to meet again on a weekly basis."
"Tonight we worked through another practice test together and discussed the relevant concepts - including the unit circle, converting degrees and radians, evaluating trigonometric expressions using the unit circle and using the calculator to calculate trig. functions in degrees and radians. I urged him to spend a solid chunk of time reviewing what we talked about today and doing more practice problems before her exam on Thursday. This material is very easy to make silly mistakes with, and she and I talked about double, triple checking her work to make sure she doesn't drop any signs or make silly errors that could cause the rest of her work to lose points. If she stays focused and confident, I believe she will do great!"