Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I've found an effective way to teach chain rule, and with a little practice, the student was getting the hang of it. We applied chain rule on logarithmic functions in particular. Next we covered how to find the equation of a tangent line. This involved finding the derivative at a particular point and solving for the y-intercept. She understands everything I explain, but I feel like her course doesn't give her enough practice problems. I've encouraged her to do more on her own from the textbook so that the material really sinks in."
"To prepare for the student's final exam, we established a study schedule and went over what topics were areas of concern for him. We then talked about putting a list of derivatives and problems for each topic on a sheet. We spent a majority of time going over the concepts of related rates and optimization problems and after reviewing problems in detail. He seemed to have improved his grasp of the material greatly. He said that he felt very confident and that he has a real chance at doing well on this final exam, which left me very excited and proud!"
"Today the student and I went over his past test. He did well on the things that we went over. A lot of his problems were on the word problems. After that, we worked on some of his homework, which was solving trigonometric equations."
"We finished the binomial section with practice on the expansion, applications and proofs. The student is doing quite well and learns from the sample very fast. Transformation of graphs and proof skills are the parts we focused on most today."
"The student and I went over the limits of various functions. Most of his questions were about piecewise functions and how to find the limits of the two separate sides. After explaining the process, he seemed to pick it up very quickly and had no problem going through the other piecewise functions. Next, we covered functions that had a denominator that could equal zero at a specific point. At this stage of our session, we had a short dialogue about the different kinds of discontinuities (removable, non-removable) and how they appear in these kinds of functions. After grasping these concepts, he performed fine on the rest of the problems we worked through."
"We did some review for the AP Calc exam. We covered limits, which the student was very rusty on, though once we went through some problems she got the hang of it again. Then we went on to the u-substitution method, and finally did some rate equation problems."