Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is handling this material really well and many of these problems (and more often lately) he barely needs my help; sometimes he only needs me to guide him when he gets stuck. He can hop right back on track and finish. We are covering max/mins, points of inflection, critical points, and building from the same material last week. Since the student is a little more comfortable with this material, it has been possible for him to vocalize his steps, which I think has made our sessions more effective."
"The student's final in calculus is next Monday, so we spent our time trying to do a general overview of the topics he is likely to see, while we focused on the most recent concepts he's learned. We went over a few problems with limits, working out how to get to a solution when you are left with an indeterminate form. The remainder of our time mostly dealt with antiderivatives (integrals), how to use them, and what they tell us. We estimated areas with left, right, and midpoint Riemann sums, as well as using geometry (area of a rectangle or triangle) formulas to calculate the area. I explained U-substitutions with integrals, and we worked out a problem following this format. We plan to practice more on Thursday."
"I met with the student for our first session and it went really well. We focused on reviewing concepts for his upcoming AP exam. We worked on reviewing the answers to some practice test he had already worked on. He had questions on limits, integration and volume by integration. We also worked on correcting his answers to another practice test. He seemed to need help remembering the steps to the same concepts. So we reviewed these concepts and he seemed to recall a lot of the material."
"The student and I went over the basics of integration. We covered both definite and indefinite integrals and how they relate to anti-derivatives. We also covered the first fundamental theorem of calculus."
"The student and I had a very productive session today with him doing all the work! He was able to figure out integrals easily and made all his calculations flawlessly. I showed him how to write out his steps to make sure he subtracts the right term, but that was about it. There will be more memorization for integrals just like for derivatives, but I think he's on a great path. Next session, we'll do a review for his finals."
"Today we covered techniques of integration, primarily with a focus on trigonometric functions. The student seems very organized and motivated. Her algebra skills are also top-notch, which helps. I had her run through various practice problems. The student also spent time reviewing the core formulas that she should be familiar with. Overall, she did great today."