Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on limits (sandwich theorem, continuity, end behavior models). The student didn't have a good understanding of the why behind these ideas, so we focused on the conceptual side of these problems and she did well! Great attitude as usual; she likes the ideas and seems like she will like calculus. Strategies focused on understanding the why part. These particular sections aren't very calculation heavy, so we focused on how to identify the important parts of each equation and how to use that to solve the problem."
"We spent our session going over the online review. While the student has a good grasp of calculus concepts in general, some of his foundational knowledge was lacking. For example, the values of sin and cos at 0 were not automatic, which they need to be. Attacking the problem and knowing how to set it up were problematic as well, and we worked on some strategies for that."
"Today we covered the intermediate value theorem, discontinuity, and limits. The student has a very good grasp on IVT and is becoming better at finding limits and analyzing the graphs. We went over some factoring to review and are preparing for her test coming up."
"Today we went over the final new concept we will be covering this summer; the U substitution rule for integration. We spent the first half of the session learning the rule and when to use it and the second half working through practice problems. The final two sessions will be review of topics we covered earlier in the summer since they will be the first things the student sees when he starts school and should be fresh in his mind. We covered about half of what he will see in calculus this year and he was quick to pick up every concept."
"The student and I reviewed some of her homework on limits. We reviewed infinity, vert asymptotes, and other topics. We discussed limit arithmetic and logs. Lastly, we simplified a LCM problem by expanding and factoring the numerator."
"Today the student and I worked on review of precalculus topics: factoring polynomials using difference of squares, sum/ difference of cubes and regrouping. We did some graphing of polynomials by finding the zeroes and calculating where the polynomial was increasing/ decreasing. We also spent some time writing equations for lines that were parallel to tangent lines at a point on a function, and normal to that same tangent line at a point on the function."