Converting Polar to Cartesian Equations in Five Easy Steps

Posted by Maryam Amr on 8/12/15 11:00 AM

If polar equations have you second-guessing your future as a nuclear physicist, fret not!  Almost every Pre-Calculus student I have tutored has struggled here, and it isn’t surprising at all.  Remember the first time you saw an equation and were introduced to these strange x and y variables?  It may seem like second nature now, but you were learning about a whole new way to communicate about points and curves.  

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SAT Math Section Tips: Triangles

Posted by Tyler Lau on 8/7/15 11:00 AM

Triangles can be very different!

The SAT math section is full of triangles. They’re the most basic 2D shape that you can create and they can be found everywhere, so the SAT wants to make sure that you have the basic facts down pat. So let’s look at some tricks and facts about triangles. We’ll start by looking at the triangle below (not drawn to scale).

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The Math Tutor: Covering all the Angles on the Math SAT II

Posted by Entela Nako on 1/10/14 8:43 AM

 

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Math Tutor: Words, Drawings & Math Problems

Posted by Entela Nako on 11/11/13 11:22 AM

What is the first thing that pops in your mind if you think about math? If you are anything like most people I know, you probably think about long equations and numbers. After all, that’s what math is, isn’t it?

Well, you are right and wrong at the same time (don’t you hate it when that happens?). Certainly, math does involve a lot of equations and numbers. But that’s not all there is to math. You certainly need to be comfortable with equations and numbers, but unfortunately, you need to be comfortable with much, much more. From years of working with many students, I have noticed a common trend. A lot of students will be very nimble  with arithmetic. However, when they read a word problem that gives them no equations they feel confused and frustrated: Why do textbooks have to do that? If you just give the same problem to students in an equation form, they would know how to solve it easily. Why go through this song and dance first?

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Crunch Time for Advanced Placement and SAT Subject Tests

Posted by College Corner on 3/28/13 9:14 AM

So spring is definitely here, and we’re well into the time of year when you’ll be hearing plenty about the Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT Subject (SAT II) exams. 

You might be thinking that there’s very little difference between the two and that both test your knowledge of a specific subject or skill – and to an extent you’d be right.  But there are subtle differences in timing, in testing method, and in how you share these scores that our team of experienced standardized test tutors and academic tutors in New York City, in Boston, and online are ready to share with you all year round.

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Standardized Test Prep: The SAT Subjects Tests vs. AP Exams

Posted by College Corner on 3/12/13 7:14 AM

In the spring, discussion of SAT subject tests and Advanced Placement exams is everywhere due to the masses of high school sophomores and juniors taking these tests. It’s common knowledge that these tests matter for college, but it’s not always clear how (and if) they impact the college admissions process, and what the differences really are.

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SAT Tutor: Preparing for SAT Subject Tests

Posted by College Corner on 3/7/13 10:05 AM

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High School Academics: Signing up for SAT Subject Tests

Posted by College Corner on 2/22/13 10:58 AM

As you put together your application for college admissions, your goal is to demonstrate how you are a stellar applicant, and good scores SAT Subject Tests (also known as SAT IIs) can do just that.

Demonstrating intellectual breadth or intellectual depth are great ways to differentiate yourself from other high school seniors. However, before you sign up for the 20 sat subject tests available, take a second to weight the costs and benefits of sitting for the tests and think about which test(s) will best showcase your academic excellence. When you're thinking about which subject tests to take, consider your academic strengths. 

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