Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first meeting with the student and we started by going over what she missed from two days of absence: transition from the limit model for slope to the power rule; product rule; quotient rule. The rest of the session was me, with a few exceptions, just spelling her as she worked through the chapter review. Along the way I gave her slight previews of how what we were doing would reappear for a future concept (slope = 0; slope of vertical lines; points of inflection). The only major hang-up was visually converting a graph into a graph of its slope, but she picked this up quickly. The timing of this session worked out perfectly because she has a test tomorrow."
"This was our first session together, but the student did great! She takes very detailed notes and it was easy to flip back to reference her notes when working through problems. We covered a variety of review topics including logarithms, rational functions, finding asymptotes, and completing the square. She did a great job with some of the tougher concepts and often only needed one practice round before she could handle each question on her own. Her attitude was great, however I could tell that she was starting to lose focus at the end of our session. For the next week I told her to continue working through her homework questions and email me with any questions. She had one grade from her first homework (a "C"), however she was encouraged that we could bring it up! I look forward to next week!"
"This was our first session. The student and I went over topics that he has had some trouble understanding in class, including limits, continuity, epsilon-delta, etc. We worked through a number of homework problems, and he seemed to have a pretty good grasp of the material. He was engaged and attentive during the session."
"This was our first session. We covered basic concepts and definitions, and discussed the importance of doing the basic things right, or attention to detail. After that, we dove into homework problems involving simultaneous equations and a few economic problems. I think that once the student shakes the rust off his algebra, especially order of operations, the calculus and economics work will seem much easier. It takes practice!"
"This was probably our best session yet. We both were more loose and having fun, and I got to make the student laugh several times throughout our lesson. There was less of the percentage work from the previous sessions, which she seemed to understand. This assignment was all about logarithms, specifically, simplifying and expanding them. She said she had attempted it on her own (and it appeared she had), but she was stuck on some of the more difficult ones. As before, it takes a little more of me doing the work and explaining it before she fully grasps it. Nevertheless, she was solving certain problems on her own by the end of our session. She has a test coming up next week and has already stated that she will need my help studying, so we plan on meeting again Monday."
"This week, we covered indefinite integrals and how to find the antiderivatives of functions. I showed her how to think about integrals and how the substitution rule can be used to solve a myriad of complex integrals. She seems to be doing well and is getting the concepts down fairly fast."