Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a few questions from his Calculus homework about finding derivatives from a graph and not an equation. These problems all utilized the chain rule. I explained the rule to him, which helped him understand his homework better without much additional help. We also talked about how the slopes of tangent lines are the derivatives of the original equations. He seemed to understand the material well; he just needed a bit of help to fully understand the rules and problems. It was a great first session, and I look forward to helping in the future!"
"The student had a question she was working through, and was not sure how her teacher got from one step to the next. We talked through the problem and went over the concept of factoring a fraction and finding a common denominator, which are used to complete this one question."
"The student had a test coming up on Monday, so we went over a test review that she got from her professor. We went over each section and topics included: Squeeze Theorem, continuity, limits, and derivatives. As we did problems in the review, we also covered graphs and trigonometry basics that showed up in the review. I suggested that she finish the worksheet and read over the squeeze theorem a bit more to get more familiar with it."
"The student had a test the next day covering implicit differentiation, related rates, extreme values of functions, and antiderivatives, so we did several problems in her review packet over those topics. We spent the vast majority of the session on implicit differentiation and related rates, as those were the most difficult topics as well as the ones she felt the least confident about. By the end of the session she seemed to feel much better about those concepts than before."
"The student had an assignment over the Pythagorean theorem, so we spent some time reviewing how to use it appropriately with certain triangles. With that, we also went over simplifying radicals and evaluating radical expressions. Once he felt comfortable with the material, we looked ahead and went over special right triangles in preparation for his quiz at the end of the week."
"The student had class today, so had not yet started instruction. However, he already had assignments in operations of matrices (addition, multiplication and inverse). As such, we started the session by going over the rules of operations for matrices before moving into the assignments. The student struggled initially with remembering the rules of operations for matrices, but quickly got the hang of it. Furthermore, the student struggled with sign errors in his calculations. As the session progressed, the frequency decreased as I had him check his answer after each problem. To help in his organization, I had him create a running "formula sheet" as well as a running "common errors" sheet, so that he can stay on top of all the material throughout the course. Overall, good initial session!"