Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered graphs of functions, first and second derivatives, first and second derivative tests, concavity, and curve sketching. I assigned a curve sketching worksheet."
"Today we worked on integration methods and approximation techniques. Afterwards I suggested a couple of online resources for double checking answers. The student seemed much more comfortable by the end of the session."
"We covered polar integrals, some Taylor series questions, and a range of topics from earlier in the quarter (planes and lines) in preparation for the student's final exam. We will meet again tomorrow to look at more Taylor series problems and work out which areas she should focus on to do well in the exam. The final is quite long and contains a lot of problems, so it is important to prioritize the questions that can be solved quickly before tackling the time-consuming questions."
"Today the student and I continued with our review for her final tomorrow. We reviewed every past test she has taken. Additionally, we picked out hard problems from the textbook for her to do. While working on these problems, I let the student guide herself as much as possible so she can build her confidence and reach the solution on her own. She did extremely well on all the problems and asked problems whenever she felt stuck. She has the knowledge to do excellent on the final tomorrow and I predict that this will be her best score yet. It's been a pleasure working with her."
"We started working on precalculus. We focused on quadratic functions: graphing, completing the square, finding the vertex, adding/ subtracting functions, identifying the maximum/ minimum, interpreting intercepts and vertices, and solving inequalities. We also went over the definition of the absolute value. Once we have finished looking over precalculus concepts relevant to calculus, we will use my old textbooks to study calculus."
"Today, we covered the applications of the definition of the derivative, and we also looked over interpretations of position, velocity, and acceleration functions. The student was eager to dive into the material and he demonstrated a general high level understanding of it; the only trouble he ran into was computational errors such as misplacing negatives. But I think that through more practice, he can condition himself to avoid such errors and pay attention to the details a bit more. I suggested that he continue practice with the definition of the derivative and the velocity functions in order to get a feel for the structure of each question. From what I have seen, he seems to be getting perfect or nearly perfect scores on his practice problem sets, so he seems like he is in good shape. All in all, I thought the session was helpful for him and I look forward to working with him on Wednesday before his quiz on Thursday."