Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on his Calculus homework. We first went over the theory of the chapter and then worked on the problem set. I gave him a lot of assistance on the first few problem reviews, but soon he was able to solve them by himself."
"Today the student and I had our first session, and it went well! We talked about derivatives, which the student seems to have a pretty good grasp on. She didn't do as well as she wanted to on her first test, so we went over some of the questions she had from that. She understands the different techniques of derivatives (chain rule, quotient rule, power rule, etc.), but is a little unsure about when to apply them when they are being combined. We also practiced finding equations of tangent lines given a point, as well as finding the roots of derivative functions and their meanings."
"The student and I looked at some calc problems involving transcendental functions and inverse trig functions. We also looked at some elementary differential equations. He does well at setting up differential equations, but he is a little confused as to what makes them different from integration problems. It's mostly a notational concern, and we talked about it to the point where he feels he understands it. I'll keep an eye out to see if his confusion on this topic returns. Regarding the way he works through problems, he has made a great improvement in organizing his work."
"We started and almost finished the Calculus worksheet/homework, which covered implicit differentiation and differentiation of trig functions. The student's arithmetic is very good, and he doesn't make mistakes as often as other students, so with concepts set he will do well."
"We were able to get quite a bit done. After a "crash-course" on logarithms during our last session, we worked at deepening the student's understanding of and fluency with logs. She can now navigate all of the properties of logarithms covered in class with relative ease (only occasional reminders), and she is becoming "automatic" in her procedures for solving logarithmic equations. She seems to be in good shape for her test next Tuesday if she refreshes her knowledge the day before the test."
"Today we worked with a few types of problems that had been difficult for the student. We talked about Euler's Method of approximations and did a few sample problems to get a sense of what to do. We went over one problem which required taking a derivative by taking the natural log of both parts of the equation. We ended with some implicit differentiation problems and a few where we had to find where the function was increase/ decreasing and concave up/ down."