Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For our second session, the student and I covered basic trigonometry concepts, including trigonometry in derivatives and the unit circle. We spent most of the time going over what the unit circle was, what it meant and how to derive it. Once the unit circle was understood, other trig concepts came quickly to him, especially in a context of derivatives. A topic we did not get to cover was trigonometry in a context of limits, so until our next session I will give him examples of trig limits and some instructions on how to approach trig limit problems. We also went through some trig problems for a quiz in his class, but we ran out of time before we could walk through all of the problems. He was quick to pick up trig concepts, and the only real difficulty he had with the problems was using some algebra concepts to simplify equations after taking their derivatives."
"The student completed her homework, and she understands the material really well. The focus was on the definition of derivatives, differentiability and continuity, as she has a midterm test over these topics on Thursday."
"The student and I worked on evaluating limits, properties of limits, continuity, and discontinuity of a function."
"We continued with theorems of limits, including continuous functions and the theorems associated with them. The student had difficulty understand what was meant by a function being continuous. We went through the theorem explaining each requirement for continuity. After working through many problems he slowly built his understanding of this concept. We also did work on applying previous laws of limit to determine whether a function was continuous as x approaches a given value. He did improve his ability to answer this questions correctly with little intervention."
"Today we covered the basics of derivatives and a dash of limits. We noticed that some of the homework problems pull from older math, such as the point slope equation from algebra, as well as concepts not yet being covered in class. The main theme of this session was visualization, drawing graphs of different functions and tangent lines to truly see what's happening. We also went over alternative methods to solve for derivatives by rewriting the equation."
"Today we solved 7 problems that the student did not finish the first time around. They involved calculated derivatives of products and ratios. Functions were either given graphically or as a formula. He is gaining confidence and skill and can do problems entirely on his own."