Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed related rates problems; specifically the formulation of formulas. The examples are including 3-dimensional problems and the use of multiple formulas and trigonometric functions. We continued to work on related rates problems and identifying pertinent formulas and methods of solving some of the more difficult "story problems.""
"We worked through free response questions from released AP exams today. The student scored a 17/22 on her last quiz. I don't expect her to make the same mistakes again. Next time we will practice approximating integrals, solving definite integrals, differentiating, and more."
"The student's class has moved on to integration, and today I helped her understand the basics of both indefinite and definite integrals, as well as u-substitution. She picked up on the basic problems quickly, and it took several examples for her to understand how to choose expressions for substitution."
"We discussed improper integrals and L'Hopital's rule for most of the session, and also briefly talked about geometric series near the end. The student is doing well with most of this material -- we worked through about eight practice problems, and there weren't any problems with any of his solutions. He didn't do as well as expected on the last exam though, so we'll look at that material again next week, along with more series."
"The student is a very friendly girl who puts a lot of effort into school. Her math background is not strong, so we had to go over the basics of calculus strategy and mathematical principles. Today, we covered derivatives and chain rule, and their applications. We went through 20 homework problems, and went step by step in how to mathematically solve each problem, and organize her work. She works very well once she understands a topic. I believe she now has a firmer grasp on the concepts, but will need repeated and reoccurring practice for mastery."
"Tomorrow is the student's calculus midterm, so he wanted time to ask about topics he had questions on. We went over problems given to him in review packets. For the most part, we worked on derivative tests, optimization, and rate problems. I gave him some of the formulas that he didn't remember and worked through them with him so he saw how to apply them to the problems. Overall, he seems to grasp the concepts quickly once they are reviewed."