Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We studied for the student's exam, mainly working with optimization of functions. We also had some discussion of exponentials."
"Today we covered a review of topics for the student's upcoming test. We started with related rates, and how to make sure that the formula we will be deriving has only the variable we are looking for, and if not then we need to set up a ratio from what we know. Next we covered finding the maximum and minimum of a function using the calculator. From there we covered the critical numbers, and implicit differentiation. She was really enthusiastic about studying for this test and building up her stamina. I left her with a copy of the review for her test worked out, as we spent most of the session on homework that would be pertinent to the test. She is really working hard and putting her heart into this."
"The student and I met on Skype and looked over more review material for her upcoming test. Most of the material we looked at was an application of differentiation, and it was almost exclusively the application part that was giving her trouble. Once she had a nudge in the right direction, she was able to work with most of the problems just fine."
"This session focused primarily on implicit differentiation. The student seemed to have a stronger command and comfort with the product rule and was able to identify each part with little trouble. When differentiating y in terms of x there was a bit of a tendency to get tripped up over how to treat y when it was raised to a power. We were able to develop a strategy around the chain rule for completing these problems. Our next session will be a review of the chapter material to prepare for the exam."
"We worked on graphical interpretations of the derivative and derivatives of trig functions. The student struggles with the graphs of various derivatives. He's maintaining a good attitude. New strategies focused on how to remember trig derivative identities, and on identifying key points for derivative graphs and using hypotheses and tables to organize thoughts."
"The student is taking an online AP calculus class. We went through the first few lessons, discussing estimating the slope at a point, area under a curve, and limits, both graphically and algebraically. She will soon be able to take her first online quiz. She was focused and great to work with."