Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we reviewed a bit about the topics remaining from the precalculus topics during the previous session. We went over some very important topics that the student will need to know for the remainder of his school career like absolute value and matrices, and we skipped some that aren't mission critical to the rest of his schooling. One important topic that we spent a good amount of time on were limits. Then we went on to discussing the material that he will end up learning in his calculus class. We began by talking about the formal definition of a derivative, and what the tangent line on a graph represents. We then went on to discussing the rules about how to take a derivative of some standard functions and we learned that you can graph these answers. So, you can create a graph of a function which will have values equal to the slope of another function for each x for which the function is defined. We then moved on to two large topics when taking derivatives: the chain rule and the product rule. We created flashcards for each of these topics and did several example problems involving each of them. The student did a phenomenal job learning these two large topics in a very brief amount of time. This brought us up to the end of the session."
"We discussed physics first; Newton's Law of Gravitation. There were only a few problems to complete and she was fairly self-sufficient. We then worked on optimization problems (finding global maximum/minimum) utilizing first and second derivative rules. She seems to understand it when we practice."
"The student and I finished reviewing for her Calculus midterm. We went through the questions she had on her old tests and quizzes, and redid these problems. We also reviewed general concepts she needed to have memorized for her exam. She did a great job studying and I think she will do well on the exam."
"We covered distance and midpoint formulas, as well as how to evaluate parabolic and circular equations."
"We continued to work on word problems and elapsed time by using a math online tool. Both students did a great job with even the more difficult elapsed time questions!"
"We spent the entire session going over linear inequalities which will be on her test tomorrow. We focused mainly on the challenging problems, the word problems and any that had fractions. I feel confident that she is ready for her test and so does she."