Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued reviewing the packet of calculus problems from class. He completed four sheets of problems. Each sheet covered the same general topic, the fundamental theorem of calculus, although the problems were diverse, some asking for the evaluation of an integral while others were lengthy word problems. Some of the integrals were straightforward, while others were more difficult and required u substitution to solve. The word problems and others sought to apply the use of differentiation and integration to other concepts, such as finding the minimum value of a function expressed as an integral or analyzing the rate of snowfall on a driveway. While the material was difficult, the student understood all the explanations once the problems were finished and helped work through each one by answering questions about the intermediate steps."
"I began this lesson with a discussion of the step by step process for finding where a function is increasing and decreasing, concave up and down, and its critical, inflection, and intercept points. We talked about taking derivatives, setting them equal to zero and solving for x. This process finds the important points, which can then be used with the derivative equations to find intervals of increasing/ decreasing and concave up and down. Using this step-by-step process we worked through a few of the student's homework/quiz problems together."
"The student is currently studying using derivatives to determine information about their parent function, such as local minimum/maximums and intervals where the function is increasing or decreasing. We worked through some online homework problems covering the material. He has a good grasp of the material so I also spent some time going over practical areas where the material is applied in real world sciences and engineering."
"Today we worked on finding the area and perimeter of triangles using sine, cosine, and special triangles such as the 30-60-90 and the 45-45-90. We also reviewed factored quadratic equations and used the quadratic formula to solve equations that could not be factored. We also discussed found the area and perimeter of trapezoids and solved word problems involving area."
"We focused on present tense Spanish conjugation. The student had a great attitude and was interested in learning, however we have a lot to catch up on."
"During our first session together, the student and I worked hard at understanding how to convert between decimals and percents, and vice versa. To accomplish this, I wrote out a note page for him, which gave him a step by step guide that he could use as he completes these types of problems. By the end of this session, we had completed all of his worksheets (two worksheets involving decimals and percents, involving calculating percent off and sales tax). I felt really good about this session and sincerely look forward to working with him more in the future."