Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the first day I met the student! We began by discussing what his goals are, what he has been doing in class, what concepts he has covered, his confidence level, and his schedule. He felt quite confident with most concepts, but he pointed out he doesn't take the best notes. As we covered Rolle's Theorem, the extreme value theorem, and the first/second derivative test, I encouraged him to take organized notes which he could easily refer back to. One of my biggest goals with the student is to not only help him with Calculus, but also help him develop good long-term study habits."
"Today was the student's last session before his final exam and we reviewed the three questions he had from his final homework. Two of the problems concerned finding the maximum, minimum, and average of a function, and he grasped these very quickly. The third problem involved a u-substitution, which seems to be the last thing he has to review before his exam. We went over two u-substitution problems, and he performed better with each one. He appears very prepared for his exam tomorrow!"
"Today we continued working on derivatives with an emphasis on chain rule and the natural log. He did really well on all of it. We also discussed general college readiness. At the end, we also worked on curve sketching with first and second derivative tests. This is where the student struggled the most, but eventually found his pace and worked it out."
"Today we covered applications of derivatives (inc/dec, concavity, optimization, related rates, etc.) The student is great to work with, he has high energy and engages with the material. I emailed the student two tests similar to the one we went over together today. We will begin the next session by going over his answers. He is on a fast track to being very well prepared for his fall term."
"Today we covered arithmetic sequences, partial fraction decomposition, hyperbolas, and ellipses. He catches on quickly, but makes many minor errors, so he needs to recheck his work frequently, especially on exams. The material that needed to be covered today was very scattered, so unlike the material from the first two exams, there was no real unifying theme and the problems were very computation-based. The best way to continue preparing for this exam is to practice the partial fraction decomposition by working on the problems in the textbook and trying to understand the notion of hyperbolas, parabolas, and ellipses, i.e. what the foci and directrix really are (this is where reading the textbook and taking time to reflect is important)."
"Today we covered derivatives and the change rule. I also helped with homework, and he still slightly struggles with rational exponents arithmetic, the chain rule, and inspection of integrals. The student was attentive and active during the tutoring session, and we will continue to work on the areas he has difficulty with."