Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week's practice problems were on related rates. Specifically, we covered angle problems, the use of implicit differentiation, and the four steps that roughly outline related rates: declare variables, choose a geometric equation that describes the situation, differentiate, and plug in."
"I was pleased with the student's attitude this session -- he seemed more willing to participate in the discussions rather than letting me talk at him. We began the session with two review problems of calculating volumes using integration by slices. He was able to set up both problems correctly, even for a more complicated volume than we have tried previously, and it seemed to boost his confidence. Next, we continued our discussion of limits from last session. He was able to more clearly explain what he found confusing about limits, and I presented him with some different perspectives on the topic. He seems skilled at working with equations but he lacks intuition about what the equations mean so we finished the session by discussing some graphs and making predictions about their properties without knowing their equations."
"We covered related rates and its applications, area and volume formulae of different geometric shapes, use of implicit differentiation in calculating related rates of functions of two variables. The student is doing really well, and understands all the concepts clearly and accurately. With a little practice, I think he will be able to ace this class."
"We covered exponential properties such as subtracting exponents when dividing, adding exponents when multiplying, and we also discussed negative exponents and how they can be flipped. He learned how to calculate the slope of the line and write an equation of the line given a point and another line. We also went over how to convert repeated numbers into fractions."
"The student was given an open-resource, take-home test due next week. The test has a good portion of algebra questions as well as finance questions. There is a handful of tricky problems that I didn't get on the spot but I took a copy of the test to research those problems on my own. My goal is to complete the test before our next meeting on Monday."
"Today the student and I went over finding the location(s) of critical point(s) using our knowledge of derivatives. Once she got the hang of it she was knocking these problems out, so she's going to do great on the mastery test and be ready for the next section! I'll meet up with her at our regular time this week to keep her on track."