Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's homework tonight covered interpretations of derivatives in graphical terms. He was initially confused about how to approach most of the problems, but once I explained how derivatives relate to increase, decrease, and local extrema, he seemed more comfortable with the material."
"Today we reviewed her newest material and some topics from last time to prepare for her first exam on Wednesday. She's working very hard outside of class and tutoring, so she is very aware of what she knows and doesn't know. I think with the way she is working and the questions that she asks, that she will be well prepared for the test."
"This was our first session. We covered chapter 2.1 to 2.4 basically introductory stuff like: co-ordinate system, equation of lines, slopes, etc. She told me that instead of going through each chapter and then doing problem sets, she would be more comfortable working on the homework problems and learning from that."
"Today, we covered taking the derivative, from the power rule, to using product rule and quotient rule, with chain rule. The student was having difficulty at first applying the power rule, and then got it down with practice. I also showed her a visual trick using a circle, to find the derivatives of trig functions. Then, she had trouble recognizing the words for taking a derivative (this is because there are so many ways to ask for the derivative). So, we worked through a few. She got the chain rule very quickly and the product rule. Her favorite seemed to be the quotient rule. She felt much more sure about taking derivatives and what they mean by the end of the session."
"We primarily covered the topics that the student missed in class. These topics included the definition of derivatives, determining tangent lines, taking derivatives for polynomials, basic applications of derivatives, and the relationship between position, velocity and acceleration. Additionally, we did touch on a few other topics including limits and continuity. We will likely delve more deeply into these two topics during our next session to prepare her for her upcoming exam. She definitely picks up on the logic and can identify patterns quickly, but seems to get tripped up by notation. I think as she gets more accustomed to using calculus notation this will cease to be a problem. We will be having a double session next Monday to prepare her for her Sept 24th exam."
"The student and I had a very productive tutoring session leading up to her test Thursday. We covered mostly asymptotes and limits and continuity. She had some review material for us to look at which always helps. We looked at the powers of the exponents to tell us how these functions will behave as x increases or decreases. We also talked about some test taking skills. I think she is well prepared for this exam. Her math foundation is very solid and her interest in the subject will ensure her continued success in math. After this test, we'll get into derivatives which is the really applicable part of Calculus. I look forward to our next session."