Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I taught her how to factor trinomials with a leading coefficient other than 1. She was able to do this fairly well. We continued practicing factoring expressions until she felt comfortable with it."
"Today's session was spent entirely on understanding parametric curves, their slope, and how to find velocity and speed (and what the differences are). I explained things in terms of a table with air vents, it seems that explanations of the material in terms of something one could actually build in the real world helps. We also established that everything must be done in radians now."
"The student and I worked through the math homework for the evening and the next day. They are beginning to work with geometric concepts like area, volume and perimeter. She caught on very quickly. We continued to work with her subtraction flashcards which she's doing better on now. We'll work on multiplication and division next."
"The purpose of this session was to have a review of implicit differentiation and the use of it in combination with the derivative rules for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of functions. We did many practice exercises from the student's textbook. She told me she understood everything and seemed to be more confident in solving these problems. Overall the win from this session is that she had a better understanding of how to apply the implicit differentiation to calculate the derivatives of functions."
"Today was our first session. We began by talking about the class overall and how the student feels about calculus in general. It's clear that he is comfortable with math as far as solving the problems put in front of him, but his lack of focus on the concepts behind calculus limits his ability to solve similar problems presented in a slightly different way. We went over the significance of first and second derivatives, and the importance of critical and inflection points. Moving forward we'll make sure to repeatedly review topics to build up his confidence and recall."
"This was my first session with the student, so we started with introductions and then worked on his recent topic. To get a sense of where he is in his class, I asked him about the material they are working on now, as well as his overall goals and feelings about the course. We then began working on evaluating summations and using laws to turn summations into formulas. He understood the main ideas but was having trouble applying the sum laws for calculations. We worked on small examples to understand the types of algebraic manipulations we can and cannot apply to summations. This helped him rewrite summations into a form so he could see how to apply the various laws. After a few examples, he seemed comfortable with the material and was completing the exercises with a better sense of how to proceed through the problem."