Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered a review worksheet going over factoring polynomials without solving them. Some of them were the typical ax^2+bx+c, but others were more complicated, and even had up to x^4 and the key was to factor out x's first. I think it was a good session because he had more energy than yesterday and this topic was more recent in his memory. He has an exam tomorrow on this and I feel pretty confident about his ability on this topic."
"We began with clarifying the definitions of divisor, dividend, factor, and multiple. After this, we began to work on different methods for determining the GCF (or GCD) and the LCM of two and three numbers. We used prime factorization to do this. Student was extremely receptive to what I had to say and had a determined and even attitude toward the material. She struggled with the definitions at first, but overcame this and was an excellent listener."
"We worked on properties of functions such as inverse functions and graphing quadratic functions. We also worked on complex numbers. Student is taking the SAT this weekend, she is ready. She took a practice SAT last weekend, and got a perfect score."
"In this session, I covered some portions of the materials that will be on the student's exam 2. These included derivative problems of different functions such as linear functions, logarithmic functions and trig functions using different differentiation rules. She had good problem-solving skills and struggled most with understanding and applying the concepts she learned. Therefore, I helped her with examples and practice problems till she understood how to apply different formulas to various problems. I left some extra problems for practice and will help her prepare for her exam in the next session."
"We went over series and their infinite sums today. He was able to get the majority of his problems completed."
"The student has a calculus test tomorrow on chapters 2 and 3, which include finding max, min, and concavity for functions, and differentiating using the product, chain, and quotient rules. She feels comfortable with finding the max and min using the first derivative and finding the concavity using the second derivative. She is able to easily apply the product and quotient rules, but has more difficulty with the chain rule. The last topic covered that will be on the exam is implicit differentiation, which we spent a lot of time practicing today. She still feels somewhat unsure about it, especially because it often requires using the chain rule. She will do the book problems on implicit differentiation to continue to study tonight. For all of the problems, we reviewed how to check answers using a calculator. When she made a mistake, she was able to check and see that the answer was incorrect and then find and correct her mistake."