Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I met the student at the library. The content covered today was L'Hopital's rule example for the indeterminate form 0/0, and then multiple word problems involving usage of the first derivative to establish critical points."
"We discussed the student's Calculus project that is due at the end of the semester. We discussed what he had to do and he did the calculations that he has to perform. Then we talked about how he would put together the report for it to be complete."
"The student and I worked on an advanced problem set today. She seemed to grasp the concepts by the end of the session."
"We went over logarithmic properties problems and began going over L'Hopital's rule. We went through problems in the textbook and discussed strategies for identifying when to use L'Hopital's rule and when to use algebra. The student seems to have a better understanding of negative exponents and is more comfortable converting them. Toward the end of the lesson, we went over how to find local and absolute maximums and minimums. We also touched on how to use the second derivative to determine concavity, which is a topic that is likely to be on his midterm. I asked him to take a practice test before we meet again."
"The student is making great progress in developing an "automaticity" in finding integrals. Two weeks ago the process was rather clunky; she would pause often and second-guess herself frequently. On Wednesday, she was confident and did not even check for my approval on most of her steps. Practice is paying off. We spent the entire session going over U-Substitution. Because she learned a technique in class that was slightly different on a particular step than the one we had practiced, we discussed why they both work and decided on the method that works best for her. Then, we solved many problems and developed techniques for organizing her written steps as well as methods for checking her final solution. This involved teaching her how to use her TI-84 calculator more efficiently and effectively; she did not know about many of the graphing and integration functions on her calculator. It is becoming a powerful tool for her to check her work quickly. It will not help her solve problems by hand and show her work, but it will give her confidence (or raise a red flag) in her final solution."
"The student and I began work on basic integrals. We covered integrations of constant, linear, exponential, and trigonometric functions. He has a quiz this coming week, and we will meet one additional time to prepare for it."