Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For today's session, the student and I worked on using the chain rule for derivatives. He had a firm grasp going into the session and followed each process completely."
"I felt that the student and I had a very good session on Friday, as we went back over to topics that he had struggled with previously, and he was able to complete a number of difficult practice problems. The first topic we reviewed was calculating higher-order derivatives. The second was implicit differentiation. In doing both topics, we reviewed the main derivative rules, Including the product, quotient, and chain rules. He is getting much better at implementing these and also at using a negative and fractional exponents. I feel that he has improved a lot in this course over the last 2 to 3 weeks, and if he continues to show this kind of progress, it is reasonable to hope that he could show great improvement on the final exam as compared to how he did on the first two tests. We will plan to meet again at our regular time on Tuesday and also probably next Friday as well."
"I gave the student an assessment to see how he understands the concepts of calculus in general. After the assessment, I think the student is pretty good at understanding the concept. He just need to practice more with optimization, decreasing and increasing interval of function, concavity of function, and local max and min."
"I helped the student comb through his final review, and I got through all of the material that I hadn't already tutored him in so he felt much better knowing what was on the test. I gave him a formula to help him and told him to study the review a few times."
"I helped the student complete a review of her packet for an upcoming test this week on trigonometric functions, equations, and identities. She'll be given a reference sheet on the test so she won't have to memorize those identities. She was strongest with trig values (sine, cosine, tangent for special angles) and using some of the trig identities, especially the sum, difference, and double angle formulae. She was weakest when solving trig equations or simplifying and validating trig expressions, though her top priority while studying should be equations. She knows factoring and using the identities to form an equation of just one trig function are two main ways to reduce an equation to its parts and solve from there, but sometimes she has difficulty starting or seeing the next step. We will continue to work on this next session."
"I helped the student review her homework using quadratic equations in a matrix. It was not too difficult, since her homework required her to use a calculator. I had to explain a few homework word problems that dealt with quadratic regression, which is used to make predictions. We went over her quiz, which required her to know factoring and also examined her test. She enjoys math, but she dislikes factoring. We will continue to work on this next session."