Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a few questions from his homework that we worked on, finding a graphing derivatives, differential equation, and finding second derivative. At the end we looked over his last test and worked through the ones he got wrong."
"The student had an upcoming calculus exam for which she was getting ready. The only grades from her class are through exams. We managed to cover quite a few topics, from chain rule to implicit differentiation. Her class is at college level, so it is anticipated that she puts in a big effort. She is trying hard and it is great to work with her, because she is serious and wants to do well."
"The student had taken his exam on Friday, but his math teacher said that they would be starting calculus next week. In preparation for the next section, I gave a lecture today on what calculus is, and the most probable material his instructor might introduce: the definition of the derivative. We derived by limits, the derivative of some polynomials, and then I told the student the power rule for quickly finding the derivative of a polynomial. Next, we worked out the derivative of the sine function using the limit definition, and I showed him the much easier rule for finding the derivatives of sine and cosine using a 4 point circle. He said that he could follow what we went over and that he was glad to get a heads up on what might be involved."
"The student had three worksheets covering implicit differentiation that she was working on. Most of the problems were completed, and she wanted me to check her work. I found some errors in both calculations as well as derivative rules, but for the most part she did very well. Then, we worked through all the problems she was not sure about. The student was happy with the last couple of sessions, because she went from not understanding much to really getting the hang of these types of problems."
"The student had to take five qualifier exams for her developmental course. She passed all five a week earlier than expected and received an A in the course, so she no longer has to take the course. I knew she would pass, as she really practiced and felt confident after our sessions. Now she is only taking a calc course and has her first test tomorrow. We reviewed all the topics: factoring, absolute value, inequalities, and 2 by 2 systems. Since it is her first test she is a bit nervous about the instructor's expectations. I told her it was ok to ask questions for clarity regarding the directions during the exam. She feels comfortable with the content."
"The student has a test on limits tomorrow, so we went through the packet of notes/practice problems she got from her teacher. She had difficulty with limits at infinity (end behavior), one-sided limits, and graphing piecewise functions. After the session, she seemed much more comfortable with the material. She got her previous test back and said she did well on it, but that her teacher did not let students keep a copy of the test. Her determination and resolve to understand the content was unwavering, like always."