Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was still working on her first practice final from her professor. She had a couple of questions about sums, integrations, and displacement problems. She started most of the problems and needed a few pointers to get to the solution. For the most part, she understands the concepts and only needed help with noticing patterns and tricks to make the problems easier."
"The student was studying for an exam, so worked on review problems covering chain rule, implicit differentiation, and tangent vs normal lines. The hardest part for her was simplifying the derivatives after applying the chain, product, and quotient rules, so we went over those in detail."
"The student was working on solving trigonometric equations. He had a worksheet for his assignment, which he was able to complete. We talked about how to use the unit circle to find solutions and how to use it to locate other possible answers if needed. He felt comfortable with the equations and is beginning to prepare for his semester exam."
"The student worked on her homework on integration by parts and substitution, and then we continued her overall review to help her prepare for the final exam. She is working hard, and she is picking up the new information readily. In our review, we covered all the vital topics of calculus, and laid out a study plan that we will follow for our remaining two sessions."
"The student worked through all of quiz 7 and some of quiz 8 in our session, covering the use of first and second derivatives to find data about a graph, limits in indeterminate forms, L'Hopital's rule, and optimization. He gained a conceptual understanding of all of these. He will continue to work through these quizzes and the midterm in our next four sessions prior to the final."
"The student's class is now doing derivatives of functions, and today, we spent the full session working hard on understanding the basic derivative rules. We covered the power rule, the addition/subtraction rule, the rule for driving constants, the rule for deriving functions multiplied by constants, the product rule, the quotient rule, and the chain rule. We did a large number of examples to demonstrate how these rules are used in practice. I suggested that the student do some additional book exercises to practice using the rules in the coming week. This got us a little bit ahead of the progress of his course, so I believe that, at least for the time being, he should be in pretty good shape. I will see him again for our regular session next Thursday."