Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued working on calculus. We did several optimization problems for geometry. We then did cost problems involving word problems, equations, and calculation of simple interest."
"Tonight the student and I began to work together again after tutoring last year! We began with composite functions, and went into simplifying functions which held the form for the limit definition of the derivative which his class should be covering soon enough. He has a good grasp on the material, and also remembers the process leading up to the derivative, so this was a good refresher session to get us ready for the course! I look forward to helping him again."
"The student and I went over the review packet she had, as well as her homework from today. She just wanted clarification on a few topics, particularly series convergence, logs, and solving harder equations. Additionally, I taught her the hand trick for unit circle memorization and she seemed to really understand and enjoy that trick."
"We mainly covered composite functions review for the calculus 2 test. This is the basic concept of chain rule and u-substitution for integration."
"The student had a list of topics she needed to review from precalculus. We talked about domain notation, absolute value functions, and piecewise functions. We spent a good chunk of time introducing her to the unit circle and measuring angles in radians. I explained what she needed to memorize about trigonometry to do well in calculus. Then we worked with limits and used the limit definition of derivative to numerically and algebraically find the derivative of x^2. She is very aware of the gaps in her education due to not having had a specific precalculus course, but I think if she catches up on trigonometry she will be very successful in calculus. Her attitude and attention are wonderful, and she is taking an active part in furthering her math understanding. I suggested that she work on memorizing the first quadrant of the unit circle, and I will go over that with her when I see her again."
"We worked on logarithms and exponents, which take time, patience, and practice to understand. The chapter we worked from didn't do anything calculus-related with the logarithms and exponents: it was more a confidence-building section. I went through the rules of exponents and logarithms and we did some examples, and the student performed just as he had in the past. He had a couple of minor hiccups, but got the hang of it quickly. He says he just needs more practice, and hopefully, he'll have time for that this week. He got a high B on the midterm, which he is happy with. His final exam is next week. I imagine he will probably do at least as well on it as he did on his midterm, if not better."