Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's teacher has started handing out practice packets of actual questions from previous AP exams. We went through several problems today that the student had had trouble with. I noticed, in general, that she is having trouble with problems that deal with distance or work as the antiderivative of rate and with questions asking her to analyze the graph of a derivative, but I helped clarify those questions and know how to keep reviewing those topics with her. We also discussed the Mean Value Theorem further."
"We re-worked on an old homework set that he had done poorly on. It covered cross multiplication and proportions. After working a few problems together he did well on the rest on his own."
"We covered the bulk of the material that was handed out as review for the next test. The highlight for me was a question asking for the original function given its second derivative along with an ordered pair corresponding to the first derivative and another ordered pair for the final result. The student did a lot of things very well in this session and I have high hopes that the next test will be a success if he can make sure to be super thorough by not skipping steps."
"We did an overview of everything he learned this semester in Calculus. These topics included: related rates, integrals, U-substitution, optimization, and absolute max and min. He was struggling with related rates the most, but we worked through a couple problems and he showed great improvement and understanding after our last example. Many of these types of problems require the ability to visualize the problem, and I reiterated to him that making a graph or sketch of the problem really helps. We finished about 20 problems ranging in all areas and worked through every problem he had a question on in his review sheet."
"Today we began working on exponential functions. We worked through graphing exponential functions and the related transformations. We reviewed most of the student's homework problems and then worked a few practice problems from the book."
"We reviewed slope and calculating it from two points. The student already had a general idea of how to calculate slope but was a little prone to setup errors. I gave him a system of properly identifying components necessary for slope. I then provided a formal formula to slope, and he took to the system quickly and was able to properly obtain slope with little help. He still needs improvement in operations (adding/subtracting) with signed numbers, but he is making a lot of progress on that front."