Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered limits, what you can do to manipulate them, and what they mean on a graph. We also spent a solid amount of time on sketching graphs, since a few of the questions expected you to sketch graphs to say something about limits. Since the student didn't have Precalculus, the sketching was the main problem. I think he has a much better grasp on what limits mean, what one-sided limits are, how they relate to the two-sided (true) limit, and what they mean for continuity. He said he felt much more comfortable with all of that by the end."
"We spent the session working on the chain rule and a few of the different ways it can be applied. The student was able to quickly pick up on how to apply the chain rule and was able to work through a number of sample problems. Some extra focus was spent on problems involving powers and trigonometric functions and on avoiding common errors in applying the chain rule to them."
"During today's session, the student and I reviewed her last questions before her exam on Wednesday. We talked about: how to decide what rules to use on different derivative problems, important derivative identities to memorize (mostly trig functions), and some practice problems from class. She has done a lot of great work on practice problems and preparing for the exam. I feel that she will do well, and I offered a few test taking tips. We will definitely work on boosting her confidence in her abilities for the next tests. Good luck!"
"In this session, the student and I covered implicit differentiation and related rates. The session went well, and we worked through a few of both types of problems. I feel like we made some good headway with implicit differentiation and, while more practice is needed, we did develop a method that she can use to solve these kinds of problems. The related rates problems also went well. We made some good progress overall, and she is learning the material."
"We covered how to draw the graphs of the derivatives of functions based on graphs of the original function. The student picks up the calculus concepts really quickly and seems to understand everything very well. I think in order to score really well on his test, he will just need to focus on being careful and write out all of the notation that the instructor wants to see."
"During today's session, the second half of the practice test was analyzed. It focused on deriving the linear approximation and exponential decay equations. Extra practice work was recommended from the student's online notes in preparation for the next exam."