Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over double derivatives. The student was struggling with concepts of double derivatives which we will work on during next session. She has homework to practice."
"We reviewed a group of multiple choice problems from an old AP exam. There weren't any big problems, and the student should do well when he takes the exam in a few weeks."
"We worked through free-response questions from released AP exams. Student's most obvious challenge is her lack of confidence. She will continue to work through AP exams on her own."
"We went over derivatives, using product, quotient, and chain rule. We went over 2 problem sets, one of which focused on taking derivatives and second derivatives. The other homework assignment focused on applications of derivatives."
"We discussed the student's progress in his calculus course so far, and he showed me some past quizzes. I noticed that he understood the content on a conceptual level, but he has occasional difficulty in applying that comprehension to problems. We discussed the product, quotient, and chain rules, and he readily demonstrated that he knew how they worked. When we worked some sample problems, he was able to do the calculations properly. We also spent some time discussing the graphs of functions and their derivatives, including the concept of even and odd functions and their generalized appearances."
"The student was studying for a quiz on Riemann sums, area approximations, and definite integrals. I appreciate how she is curious about the purpose and application of every topic and always has questions about the bigger picture. We spent most of the time discussing the difference between indefinite and definite integrals, why indefinite integrals require a constant, how Riemann some relate to definite integrals, and how the fundamental theorem of calculus relates antiderivatives to indefinite integrals. While I don't think these discussion topics will be asked on a test, I think they are important to understand. Instead of blindly plugging numbers into a formula, she will have a clear understanding of the situation and will be able to anticipate the solution. I think she understands these new topics."