Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued review on volume problems, going over the disk and washer methods as well as alternative axes of revolution. We also dealt with a problem involving the cylindrical shell method. We also derived the formula for cylindrical shells using geometric intuition."
"During today's lesson, the student and I covered Elasticity, which is a just an application of calculus in business. We spent almost the entire time on this subject, but it did involve some other concepts like taking the derivative of e. We also finished up inflection points which was started last lesson. He is sharp and able to do math quickly in his head. Our focus remains translating word problems into math equations."
"The student and I met to review for his upcoming final. We reviewed indefinite integration, bounded integrals, related rate problems, distance/velocity/acceleration problems, and Riemann sums. I am pleased to report that he was accepted into UCLA and will most likely be attending there this fall. I am very pleased with how he has progressed, and I fully expect him to succeed on his final and in college going forward. We may meet if he needs additional review time leading up to the end of the semester."
"Today we went over several more complicated problems on the student's homework and tests in order to prepare her for the AP exam next Tuesday. We started with a few straightforward integration, then moved to a problem where we had to determine which series converge and diverge. We solved the problem together then discussed the general strategies for these types of problems. We went over a few problems which asked to determine properties of graphs and equations given various pieces of information. Our last problem dealt with writing a Taylor polynomial when provided a certain set of data points. To finish we talked for 10 or so minutes about general AP test taking strategies and how to get partial credit for any problems she might not know how to solve."
"Today the student took summative practice and graded tests in her online course for the unit "Using Graphs to Analyze Data." The topics covered in this unit are: bivariate data, box and whisker plots, circle graphs, central angle, data clustering, frequency, histograms, interquartile range, line plots, linear and nonlinear relationships, mean, mode, median, outlier, quartiles, range, scatter plots, stem and leaf plots, trend lines, 2-way charts and Venn diagrams. She has made the calculation, interpreted the graphs, chose which graphs match data sets, and which type is best for given situations. On the 6-question practice test the student scored 83%. After a short break, the student worked on the graded test of 20 questions, including multiple choice and 3 short-answer. She demonstrated excellent understanding and using a calculator, got 16 out of 17 answers correct. The online teacher will grade the 9-point short answer portion. She is enjoying her successes and has strong prior knowledge. She has strengthened her recall of vocabulary and learned some new skills and concepts: "of" means multiply, percent is part divided by total times 100, negative numbers and subtraction are the same thing!"
"We worked on the physics of waves and the tension in a string wave. When we attempted to use the relationship I noticed that the student was having trouble identifying units with properties. This confused her when trying to use the equations. We spent time trying to organize all this info, as well as review some of her wave problems."