Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a test on Friday that she wanted to prepare for. On Monday, we focused on integrals, testing her approach and logic. She has to be able to identify which approach will not only be most efficient, but also applicable, so I gave her a mixed bag of integrals so that she could practice selecting partial fractions, u-substitutions, or integration by parts to solve the problem. We also went over logic and reasoning for choosing both your u and dv when it comes to integration by parts."
"Since we ran into some time issues, the student and I went over optimization problems. He was able to do them with some prompting, but understood the basic concept. I emailed him 9 problems to complete for our session on Tuesday."
"Today we went through her homework problems. She is having no problem with computations or derivatives, but some of the more conceptual problems have been giving her trouble. A lot of the problem is not understanding the terminology in the question, so we spent some time talking about what a "term" and an "argument" are and about perspective determining number of terms in an argument. We also went over u-substitution a little bit to deal with a binomial expansion, but it didn't seem to come through very well, so we will do more of that in the future. She seems to have no problem doing the math, but understanding what is actually going on in the problems seems to be the trouble spot. I am going to bring some graphical representations to our sessions next week and see if that helps."
"We covered separable differential equations, sequences, sum of sequences, and integration. For some of the problems, we needed to use multiple substitutions in order to solve for the general solution."
"The student is getting better with the quotient rule. She seems to have a little trouble with factoring. We went over finding max and min values of functions using the first derivative. We also went over the mean value theorem."
"We did some prep work for the student's quiz. It involved applications of derivatives. He ended up feeling like he passed, which was great."