Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over her textbook homework and learned limits and mentioned limits in the context of derivatives which we will be doing later. She had a quiz on Monday and did not perform too well. Not because she did not know the material but because she was nervous, over-thought things, or as she put it: just "freaked out." She is going to work on her web assignment which we will address at our next meeting on Monday."
"The student and I covered the concept of using limits to take the derivative of a function. We did his homework problems as well as some additional examples from the textbook. He seemed to understand the concepts and was able to complete the problems on his own after a little bit of practice. The only thing that he struggled a little bit was function notation, but after a few examples he seemed to get it. Overall he seems to be on track with his course so far."
"The student and I finished up the section on implicit differentiation. It went really well and I think some of my tips and tricks helped make the material more accessible. Can't wait for our next session."
"In calculus today, we covered Chapter 2 on differentiation. We also went over the Chain Rule and the student did some problems at the end of the chapter. Next, we did a Derivative Worksheet. For Statistics, the student is to do some problems on describing distributions numerically."
"The student and I studied Chapter 3, and looked over his previous quiz. We practiced derivative computations, difference quotients, and derivative interpretations from graphs. Next Monday we will study for his next quiz."
"The student said she felt good about her test this past Monday. She said she at least feels it went much better than the first exam of the semester. We covered topics of finding extrema (find where f'(x)=0), monotonicity (when f'(x)>0 it is increasing, and f'(x)<0 it is decreasing), concavity (f''(x)>0 is concave up and <0 is concave down), inflection points (where concavity switches, or where f''(x)=0). We did a couple of example problems where we found the extreme, concavity, and inflection points for a given f(x). We then started going over the homework that is due this Friday. She had completed about half of the homework already. There were a few that she hadn't understood that I was able to help her understand so she could complete them successfully. Then there were a few questions that were from sections that we hadn't covered ourselves (inverse functions, derivatives of inverse functions, and a special case of limit). I was able to go through the section of how to find an inverse function. We also briefly looked at the special case of limit involving e^x. She said that she thinks that she'll be able to get through the last 10 homework problems on her own."