Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished integrals with trig substitution and began partial fractions. I assigned the student several problems to work over trig substitution."
"We reviewed problems from the Winter review assignment. We consolidated knowledge in how first and second derivatives are applied. The student had some difficulty with both the conceptual problems and the computationally difficult problems. I explained the concepts and gave her the tools she needed to solve all these problems. She was diligent and showed fortitude. She is now much better prepared to handle AP Calculus problems on her own."
"This was my first session with this student. She is a bright and enthusiastic, multi-talented student and I am looking forward to working with her. We began with the concepts she will learn when school resumes. We worked out of her textbook and we focused the whole session on exponents. First, we reviewed order of operations and the role of the exponent in an algebraic expression. We applied exponents to different kinds of polynomials to simplify a long algebraic expression, to a simple one consisting of only a few terms. She is competent with important algebraic concepts like order of operations, and the rules of multiplying and adding exponents. We moved into new topics, including applying exponents in quotients, negative exponents, multiplying and dividing in scientific notation, and exponential growth and decay. In these topics, I taught more advanced rules of exponents to her for the first time she was seeing them. She is a very fast learner and grasped the concepts quickly. We progressed with practice problems together, and she demonstrated her understanding of the concepts I was teaching her."
"During our session we talked about slope fields and worked a lot of u-substitution problems. She had a little bit of trouble picking a u sometimes, but quickly figured it out once I led her in the right direction. She always seems to have a good attitude and a handle on the material. She made a 104 on her most recent exam!"
"We continue to cover trigonometric functions. This time we focused on the inverse trigonometric functions and how they can be graphed. We spent most of the time talking about the inverse trigonometric functions, since they always seem to cause a lot of confusion to students, generally. However, he did a great job grasping the concept."
"The student sent me his study guide for a test he has coming up on Wednesday. His class had started doing some problems already. It was nice because the guide was a nice gauge of the types of problems there will be on his test. He is very comfortable evaluating expressions and finding solutions for inequalities, but I wanted to go over with him the special rule exceptions for inequalities. After doing some practice problems with that, we then moved on to working through some word problems."