Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over some Calculus problems that the student asked help on, in addition to some physics problems covering Newton's Laws. We also scheduled regular sessions all the way through November for right now. She is quick to pick up concepts and really only needs help with clarification rather than any actual teaching."
"The student's new assignment focused on the second derivative and concavity. Fortunately, he retained most of what we did with the first derivative, making it simpler for me to explain the interactions between the two, and we made a lot of progress."
"The student and I went over some problems from her book dealing with implicit differentiation and rate of change problem. We went over taking the derivative of trigonometric functions and implicit differentiation."
"Today the student and I went over logs and some exponents. I am trying to find more complex problems in his text that we can work through. I am also having him talk me through problems as if I didn't know the concepts so that I can make sure he understands the material. I have also asked him to make flash cards for various rules and retranspose his initial notes into his new note taking format."
"We reviewed limits and their properties as well as the concept of continuity in anticipation of the student's exam. We discussed several example problems as well as his homework for the night. The student seemed to have a good grasp on the topic and I think he will be prepared for his exam. I suggested that he continue to make sure to work a lot of practice problems as he studies."
"The student is making a lot of progress towards understanding complex derivative problems. He still has some basic algebra issues that cause some small problems with his solutions, but these issues are diminishing. We worked on some techniques for solving the complex derivative problems, and I believe he will be able to do well on his test this week."
"We worked on about 3 or 4 of her online assignments consisting of more integration problems and using Riemann sums to find the area under a curve. We didn't complete any of the assignments, but instead, worked on a few of the beginning problems from each section so that she had a basic idea on how to finish the remainder of the assignments on her own. I let her know that if she encountered any difficulties with any of the assignments that she could send me pictures of the problems and I could help her through them."
"I met with the student for an upcoming quiz. She wanted some clarification on arc lengths, so we went over how to construct and derive the arc length formula in Cartesian and polar coordinates. We did a few practice problems for each method, and I helped explain the process and the application of these methods. She seemed especially receptive to the analogies I made to link this new knowledge to ones she has mastered in the past. She seemed very happy with this session."
" Today we covered definition of limits, power rule, chain rule, and product rule. Student struggled with chain rule the most. We developed a way to understand chain rule. If something other than x was part of a function f(x), then the chain rule needed to be used. Teacher gave enough practice. Therefore, I did not assign any homework. Student is a quick learner. He understood most of the concepts fairly well."
"The student had concerns about derivative rules. A lot of his problems came from being unfamiliar with the current material. I would like to try and help in fill in some of the gaps created by taking such an accelerated class."
"The student and I covered a unit on derivatives. We went over some basic derivative rules. She had a number of problems to do for homework and then I gave her one of each of the main types to work on her own. She needed a little help on the two hardest examples but mostly did them all well."
"The student and I worked on limits, as she moves through her final year of high school math. She wasn't particularly comfortable with the conceptual idea of limits, but by using the practice problems and some further examples, she seems far more comfortable now. She has a test tomorrow, so hopefully the review will help!"