Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started off reviewing implicit differentiation with a sample problem, where I emphasized the key parts to remember and common places students make mistakes. In doing so we also covered the product rule which is inherently used in those types of problems. After the sample problem we looked at one of the student's assigned problems that began with implicit differentiation, then required finding a tangent line. Next, I taught her the mnemonic to remember the quotient rule and applied it to some sample problems. This segued into trig function derivatives and eventually chain rule problems. We ended with some problems that required finding zeros of derivatives, which involved the quadratic formula and factoring techniques. Overall the student showed a good understanding of the material."
"The student and I worked on exponential and log equations and on differentiating them. We are getting ready for his final."
"The student and I discussed polar coordinate problems in preparation of a quiz. He has a good idea about most of the subject matters and we worked through the ones for which he had questions. One thing that would help him with polar coordinates is visualizing all of the questions in terms of locations on coordinate systems (x-y and polar) and in terms of right triangles."
"The student is continuing with integrals. She was able to solve a variety of problems treating integrals as areas. Since she was able to breeze through those ones we looked ahead slightly to treat integrals as anti-derivatives. This included a review of derivatives (which she needed) that I used to show the relationship between derivatives and integrals. Afterwards we had enough time to look at how to solve problems this way."
"We reviewed for the student's final. We went over his final exam review, focusing on the new material learned since we last met which included antiderivatives and integrals. Good session as usual, he looks set to make an A in his class."
"The student is working on her last material for the semester! She's doing Fundamental Theorem of Calculus stuff, u-substitution, and chapter 5.4 is just assorted topics. As usual we went through the problems one at a time, skipping a good number of them (since I think she can handle them just fine on her own) and focusing on covering as many topics as possible. We got pretty much through 5.3 and 5.4, though she may have a bit of trouble (probably not), and briefly started 5.5 (u-substitution). I expect her to hit a wall in 5.5 once she gets to a certain class of u-sub problems, and we'll go over that next time, then review!"