Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed sine and cosine material. We were able to review period, midlines, amplitude and related it all back to the unit circle. I believe that we are at a good point right now and we'll review more before his final exam next week."
"We went through her homework on scientific notation. She had not realized that there should only be one digit in front of the decimal, but once she understood that, she corrected her homework easily. We then went over her last test where she had trouble rounding. We will continue to work on this."
"We went over a practice exam that the student was given. The exam had questions on sequences and conic sections. No concerns."
"The student worked on completing his Geometry vocabulary sheets that he can use for his final next Wednesday. He finished defining most of the terms. The Chapter 5 words are located in the Chapter 4 words. I asked that he continue to study the words for our next session."
"Went over probability and statistics problems to prepare for a math test that the student is taking later this week. The problems covered topics such as combinations, standard deviation, normal distributions, etc. She seemed to understand the material well by the end of our meeting."
"The student and I did more u substitution. We focused on polynomials. We then moved on to trig problems. I emphasized finding the derivative in the integral and my shortcuts to addressing trig antiderivatives. Lastly, we completed several IVP's that required u substitution. The student has mastered this concept."
"In this lesson, we covered how features of a graph relates to its derivative function. We went over how the sign of the derivative corresponds to increasing and decreasing, and how the first derivative can be used to find critical numbers and therefore, potential local extrema. At the end, I introduced how the second derivative relates to concavity."
"We reviewed the previous day's material using techniques that did not require a calculator. He picked up the material very quickly. He seems to be very comfortable with the material after he practiced a few problems with guidance."
"Today we covered product rule, quotient rule, chain rule, power rule, and the concept of differentiation. I explained that differentiating a formula gives the formula for a slope of the tangent line at a particular point. Student was eager to learn the material. If two functions were multiplied together, then product rule was used. If they were divided, then we use quotient rule. If a function was within another function, we used chain rule, especially if they were different from the parent function. I asked student to know the sketches of parent functions, values of the unit circle, derivatives of the parent functions, and know all the differentiation rules."
"Today, the student and I reviewed his homework, practice test, and sample questions from the book to prepare for his midterm. He seems to have a better grasp on the concepts and is much more confident in the subject. I will ask him about the test in our next meeting."
"The student and I started with test corrections on a recent test on elementary differential equations and inverse trig. We then moved on to homework on solids of revolution using the disk and washer methods. He had a little trouble at first picking out the limits of integration, but after a bit of discussion of the geometric intuition, he got better at selecting the proper limits of integration. By the end of the session, he had a solid grasp on the material."
"The student is learning primarily about various ways to graph different parts of a function, particularly relative maximums and minimums. She is sharp and eager to learn! I covered the idea of the First Derivative Test pretty much from square one, and we did a number of problems. By the end, she was able to manage some pretty tricky problems without much help. After that, we spent a bit on limits, particularly L'Hopital's rule. It's a weird concept, but once she managed to do one problem, the rest came pretty easily to her."