Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Worked on homework involving finding absolute and relative maxes and mins. We reviewed finding critical numbers and checking endpoints. Also touched a little more on error propagation."
"Today we started with some review of the derivative problems. He was pretty rusty at first, but then got back into the swing of things. We worked problems on curve sketching and on optimization. I had to remind him how the product and chain rules worked, but he applied them just fine. The hardest part seemed to be setting up the first equation in the optimization problems, so we did a lot of practice for that. We'll keep practicing because he expects a test next week on that material. But he did say that he's starting to understand why he's been learning all of this derivative stuff and how it can be applied, which is great to hear. The class started working with integrals, so we did some problems involving them too. Right now it's just reversing the derivative, so he's been great at it. It'll get tougher, but it's good that he's got this foundation, and it means that he's pretty comfortable with the derivative material. He can literally do it backwards."
"-Application of derivatives: -Related rates -L'Hopital's rule - Applied optimization -Application of Integrals: -Integration by parts"
"The student and I worked through selections of problems she had sent over from her homework and class notes. Most of the problems were over applying the 1st/2nd derivative to analyze the behavior of curves. She understood most of the material very well but there were some fundamentals we had to review."
"The student and I practiced finding the critical points of a function as well as global and local maxima and minima. We also practiced graphing functions using this information. Toward the end of the session, we looked through her previous exam to identify areas for further improvement."
"We worked on this week's topic, optimization. At the core, it's just using roots and signs from the derivative and second derivative to pinpoint minimums and maximums."