Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we worked on directional derivatives, the chain rule, and the gradient vector. As we worked through chain rule problems, he showed improvement in understanding of the concept. He could use some more work memorizing how to find the gradient but does okay using it in applications."
"The student and I went over any issues she had prior to the last part of her mathematics testing. She has proven to be very strong math student. We then moved towards physics, which she isn't as confident in herself about. Math is about an appropriate application of formulas to solve a problem, while physics requires you first to have a fundamental intuition for what is even being asked. We will work to solidify her fundamentals and work towards a true confidence in her physics abilities."
"We covered exercises in the book from chapter 7 evaluating areas between two functions. Some of these problems were tricky, and we needed to refer to the list of anti-derivatives for evaluation of one integral. Another involved rearranging two y^2 = equations to write an appropriate integral. The student got most of them right, including some very involved computations. He has a test coming up, and I asked him to email me if he needs to reschedule our next appointment to a better time to support studying for this test."
"During this session, translations of different functions of graphs was reviewed and discussed by completing a worksheet."
"Initially, the student had no idea on how to solve a problem set she shared, but she is a fast learner, and she left the session with many ideas on how to solve the ones we left over for the next session. These ideas include the power rule, the product rule, and the chain rule for the derivatives and some of the exponent properties. She may still be behind in her course, which is now in it's third week, I believe, but at this pace and with a few more tutoring sessions, she will be able to catch up."
"Today was our last session together. We finished our time with a discussion of natural logarithms, solving exponential equations using natural logarithms, properties of natural logs, etc. We also did word problems that showed the application of logarithms in real life situations such as bacterial population decline, compounded interest, etc. This was also the end of the chapter, and thus an apt place to stop our discussion."