Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today with the student, I went through some of his homework problems on derivation of functions. The problems were primarily on using the chain rule to find the derivatives of various functions and problems. I think he has a good understanding of derivation problems but needs to build his confidence in how he approaches the problems. I am trying to make sure to instill that confidence in him so that he does better in his upcoming test."
"Today, I helped the student complete a problem set pertaining to related rates in physical situations. I helped him figure out how to set up the knowns and unknowns in each given problem so that he could internalize a general strategy for tackling related rates problems in the future. He understood the concepts quite well, paid attention and took notes when I explained my thought processes, and occasionally corrected a few of my arithmetical mistakes. I will be in touch with the client to determine when we can meet again for the next session, to cover whatever topics the student will be learning in class at that time."
"Today, I helped the student learn all the tricks to solving derivatives. We worked on tangent line problems, product rule, quotient rule, and simplifying negative and fractional exponents. The student was very quick in picking up new material, but still needs to work on derivatives of x."
"Today, the student and I covered the concepts of local and absolute minimums and maximums. We discussed the use of derivatives in finding the answer, as well as graphical approaches to the problems. He caught on quickly, and applied the concepts easily. He seems to be very good at taking derivatives and applying the various rules for derivation. We worked through problems available to him through his calculus class."
"Today, the student and I worked on derivatives and tangent lines. We did several examples of finding the tangent line to the graph of a function at a certain point. These gave us plenty of opportunities to practice taking derivatives. We got to use the chain rule, implicit differentiation, and derivative of the natural log function. We also did examples where we found where the tangent line was horizontal, and where it was vertical, i.e. where the derivative was zero and where it was undefined."
"Today, the student and I worked on how to graph trig functions, which have been vertically shifted, horizontally shifted, phase shifted and/ or magnified/ shrunk or stretched/ compressed. After five problems, he started remembering how to assess these trig functions for those changes (shifts). I told him he can contact me during the week if he has any further questions."