Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At this session, we had a lot of webwork to go over. The questions concerned a lot of complicated applications of the integral over varying types of areas, such as squares and semicircles. We had to find the total volume of several pyramid or cone frustums, and we had to go through several conceptual exercises that have to do with the nature of integrals and their applications. The best thing for them to do as of now to prep for the test is just to confront the- area under the curve problems, again and again. Ultimately, it will come naturally to know whether to use shell method or disc method to integrate, or how to apply the integral to other types of areas. I think that with more sessions, and some hard work, the students will achieve mastery of the material."
"I talked with the student about the Identity Property of 0 in addition and she demonstrates an understanding of it. I spent the rest of the time working on single-digit addition and place values. She needs practice on identifying numbers and place value. I will be focusing on those areas until she shows greater understanding of them."
"The student told me that he is studying area and perimeter. I formulated some problems that would challenge his knowledge. He was not yet proficient in the concept. I gave the definition of area vs. perimeter. We had to do several practice problems before getting the concepts to proficiency. We later practiced a math writing skill called 'SWRR' -Speak, Write, Reflect and Revise."
"The student had just finished up with trigonometry in school and so in this session we went over the final concepts and any last questions. Specifically we worked with law of cosines to solve problems of varying difficulty. Next we moved on to resolving two forces acting on a body from different angles. This was particularly exciting for me as an engineer because I got to show her various ways of using trigonometry to solve real world problems. I explained to her just how often trigonometry comes into play in engineering and what strategies are best for this sort of problem solving. She still needs to work on some of the minor mistakes that she makes. I believe this will be resolved with more practice."
"We did problems where we had to use the trigonometric identities to simplify expressions and prove relations between expressions. We also did extra practice problems involving finding one trigonometric function value from another one and what quadrant the angle is in. These are the things that will be on a test she is taking soon and I expect her to do well."
"The student and I prepared for her trigonometry exam this week. We reviewed radians and degree measures and also went over real life problems. We worked on the "explanations" behind things like sine and cosine, as well as graphing sine and cosine."