Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is preparing for his upcoming cumulative midterm exam. We talked through his most recent material on the trigonometric values of any angle, which he did very well with. We then went back and reviewed all of the topics from this quarter, starting with Pythagorean Theorem, radians, and drawing angles. The student felt comfortable with almost all of the information, and will continue to study his review assignment."
"The student is really excited about how quick he is learning. We started working with derivatives yesterday. I'm so glad to see his enthusiasm. He does need to find time to study the material that I'm prepared for him. He has asked me to give him some examples of the applicability of limits and derivatives in real life. I have put together some examples for him and sent it to his email. He said that when his classes start he will like to have 2 sessions per week with me. I'm happy to help!"
"The student is studying for an exam on polynomial and rational functions. We reviewed how to find rational solutions to different polynomials using strategies such as factoring, long division, and synthetic division. We also reviewed how to find domain, intercepts, and asymptotes of rational functions in order to graph them accurately. For this exam, she needs to be extra careful as it is easy to make mistakes and the problems are long and time-consuming. She understands the material well."
"The student mentioned she felt comfortable on her quiz, but she has not received a grade yet. Now she is learning transformations of functions and understanding how to manipulate the algebra in a difference quotient of a function, something which founds the pillar of the derivative, an essential component of calculus. Her comprehension of function transformations is great, as they are predominantly a review from algebra, but this session provided her solid time to have some ambiguities cleared. When approaching a problem asking her to simplify a difference quotient for a given function, she can seem overwhelmed because of the tediousness and length of time it takes to solve. But aside from the occasional clerical or arithmetical errors, she is sufficiently competent when simplifying them, as they require no more knowledge than basic algebraic skills. She will certainly be exposed to more practice with them, as they never go away in calculus."
"The student prepared for her upcoming test over derivatives, the limit definition of a derivative, graphing derivatives given the original function, finding the derivatives using the chain rule, power rule, product and quotient rules, and finding derivatives of the trigonometric functions."
"The student reported that she did well on her previous test. We covered the topics we couldn't cover together last week for the test and also went ahead to see potential topics she might learn, such as chain rule and implicit differentiation. After knowing the subject matter of her next test, it will be easier to pinpoint specific topics to learn."