Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered solving trigonometric expressions by way of algebraic expressions. She does not seem to be struggling, just needs practice. Again her attitude toward the material was genuine, but she does get afraid of the harder questions. I left her with a couple of practice problems. Her progress is getting better but I have not seen grades to note this. All wins."
"Today, the student and I worked on multiple choice practice for the first time. Her approach to problems is still cautious, but she is starting to apply the knowledge I know she has. Minimization and maximization problems still seem to trip her up, but we walked through a few today. We also walked through separating a differential equation and integrating both sides to solve. Slowly, she is becoming more confident , and I feel she will do well on the AP."
"We spent our time reviewing how to solve systems of equations. He had had some trouble with the substitution and elimination strategies, so we worked on writing out a method to solve these problems and then actually practiced them. The student had the most trouble with the last section, in which he needed to turn sentences into two-variable systems of equations. We will pick up again here next time."
"The student worked on finishing her chemistry homework which focused on Lewis dot structures. Specifically, she did problems such as H2CO and SO3. We then worked on reviewing for her calculus exam, where we went over equations such as position, velocity, and acceleration. We also reviewed some business applications like cost, revenue, profit, and what their marginal forms mean. We then worked on a practice exam from a previous year which covered tangent lines, derivatives, and finding relative extrema."
"We mostly covered the basics of functions, including plugging in values to functions, graphing them, and finding the domain. We also covered piecewise functions and discerning which branch to use. Most importantly, we focused on the equations of lines, both in point-slope form and slope-intercept form. She seemed to really grasp the concepts when we were done and she was even finding backwards approaches to solving the equations."
"The student was studying for a test on Riemann sums, definite integrals, and interpreting the area under functions from graphs. We went through examples of how to graph a function from the derivative and vice versa. I used situations like a car accelerating and decelerating between stops and a needle on a seismograph, which I think really helped. There was one question that asked for a definite integral using a limit with Riemann sums, which was particularly involved and required memorization of finite sum formulas. I think she understood how the exercise relates to definite integrals and how to check her answer."