Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a test tomorrow, so we reviewed for that. We went over the fundamental theorem of calculus and integration by substitution. We did a bunch of definite and indefinite integrals using u substitution to get an answer. We went over constants of integration and various anti-derivatives."
"We covered first and second derivatives with respect to position, velocity and acceleration problems. We practiced chain rule, quotient rule and product rule differentiation. We discussed differentiating piecewise defined functions. We also looked at some "rate of change" word problems. I did not see any scores, however he has his upcoming exam this Thursday and Monday."
"Today we went over the substitution method for integration, and the student picked up on the concept exceptionally quickly. Again, the only thing he needs practice with is the algebra behind the calculus. After substitution, we moved on to definite integrals, which he had no problems. If he continues to practice, his test score should be significantly higher than his previous ones."
"During our session, the student and I covered several calculus topics that were on her test such as implicit differentiation, relative and absolute extrema, and graph analysis. We mainly covered review questions and covered small errors she seemed to be making. Overall, she showed improvement in understanding basic concepts and was able to solve problems through step by step."
"The student and I continued our review of integration by parts and worked on sample problems involving trigonometric and logarithmic parts. We also discussed the major themes and narrative elements in the Kite Runner, discussing the subjects of religion, foreshadowing, and irony."
"Today we continued to focus on data distribution. Specifically, cumulative frequency and box and whisker plots. We also covered the concept of quartiles. The student seems to be improving her understanding of how statistics displays and interprets data."
"We decided to do a 3 hour session today because the student had a test later that day. We devoted the day to doing practice tests. For the first tests we didn't pay attention to the time it took him, but on the last test I timed him to make sure that he completed his test on time. We also worked a little more on rational expressions because that was the part of the test he needed most help with."
"We went over cross multiplication, ratios, and word problems, pulling those concepts together. Looking over his previous test that we prepared, the student received a 100% test score which means that he is absorbing the material very well. The student is not struggling in any aspect of the course, he only loses points when he moves too quickly through problems. I've place an emphasis on carefully looking at particular parts of the problem."
"Reviewed for test on the equations of circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, and parabolas. The student had a review sheet that we went through and she worked out the example problems. Her biggest problem for this unit is remembering the standardized equations for each type of conic. Once she has that information on had, she did a good job working through the example problems. This section over ellipses, hyperbolas, and parabolas is difficult because there are only slight differences in the standardized equations. My last suggestion before leaving is that she be able to reproduce the chart the teacher gave her to study with right at the start of the test, because then she can write it all down while the info is fresh in her head and she is not confusing it with info from problems on the test."
"We worked on three forms of linear equation. The student was able to get the equation last time by the end, but had some difficulty when the problems were slightly different this time. I will be working with him on linear equations in the weeks to come to make sure he learns the material before the midterm exam."
"We covered 3 specific problems involving Green's Theorem and parameterization of surfaces. The student already understood the main concepts and just needed a little extra guidance. It was a joy working with him and I hope his studies continue well for him."
"We focused on the focus of a parabola and talked about how to find it when you are given an equation in vertex form and in standard form. For the standard form equations, we looked at how to effectively find the vertex, as this is a necessary component to have when finding the focus. The student seemed to have a good understanding of the concept, but we agreed to revisit it and definitely have more practice. I feel that she will be able to master this skill with more practice, and with more attention to detail when simplifying arithmetically."