Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we focused on implicit differentiation and the chain rule. The student needed help with the chain rule, so after doing many examples of implicit differentiation, we worked extensively on how to use a variety of techniques in order to solve equations that required the chain rule to be solved. Overall, she had a very positive attitude and did a good job in the session."
"Today we practiced old exams that the student's professor gave to the class, which included material from limits of function, finding local extrema/testing concavity, and optimization. The student was rusty with the old material, but found it easier during the session. On her last exam, she scored a 100, and was very happy with the results. As for the final reviews, we already set up a lesson plan to crash course the entire semester's material and will look at more practice problem. A great session! The student has confidence!"
"Today we reviewed a calculus quiz from earlier in the semester and went over the problems she got wrong. We reviewed factoring quadratics and the quadratic formula, how to find limits, how to find a constant that makes a piecewise function continuous, the formal definition of a derivative, the power rule, quotient rule, how to find the tangent line of a function at a certain point, and how to find the critical points of a function."
"Today we reviewed expanding and collapsing natural logarithms and taking the derivatives of such functions (implicitly and using point-slope form to find the equation of the tangent line at a given point)."
"Today we reviewed topics for the physics final, including definition and use of torque, equilibrium, and center of mass, and Newton's law for rotation. We clarified the distinction between the radial acceleration and tangential acceleration, and reviewed the related formulas."
"Today we started out with some basic graphing, taking care to get a few points on the graph set and trying to select "easy" values to use. We covered absolute value functions and looked at how the shape changes for constants (positive/negative and different slope). We worked on a piecewise function with different values below vs above -4, and evaluated at several points, and spent extra time on k(x) = 2/(x^5), so it would be clear where the graph is positive and its shape. Finally, we looked ahead at some problems involving constants of proportionality."