Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed calculus for the final that the student has on Monday. The topics included critical points, min/max problems, and inflection points. We also worked on definite and indefinite integrals. I came up with different problems for him to solve and worked on them along with him. We also discussed what formulas he might want to put on his formula sheet such as the derivatives for exponential and logarithmic functions and compound interest, etc."
"Today was all about limits, specifically, what a left/ right handed limit means for evaluating the limit, some tricks for splitting or combining fractions to deal with a divide by zero problem, multiplying by the conjugate to deal with square roots, and doing a change of variable to shift a problem to look more like a problem that the student had already done. We will continue tomorrow."
"The student and I reviewed limits, differentiation and integration concepts. She was doing especially well with L'Hopital's rules and MVT application of differentiation. She had a very positive attitude towards the material. For homework, she is going to practice more problem sets. She has practice sets online on her school course website. More practice will ensure consolidation of covered concepts."
"Today, we went over limits and how to approach them. We did limits with constants and infinity. We also went over indeterminate forms and L'Hopital's rule to approach those forms. We did limits approaching from positive and negative sides. The student is a great and smart student, and I love working with him. He grasps the concepts well. I will give him a quiz on what we learned so far and test on all concepts learned throughout the week. I hope he passes his exams. Good Luck!"
"We reviewed derivatives in great detail. We went over the definition of a derivative and chain rule with plenty of examples. We then went over logarithmic differentiation and finding the tangent/normal lines. Tomorrow, we will be reviewing antiderivatives, L'Hopital's rule, and optimization."
"We discussed the student's overall standing in the class and what he is having trouble with specifically. He said his instructor goes over material really quickly and usually only one time so if he doesn't get it the first time there isn't really an opportunity to go back over it. I had him go over all the topics that would be on the final and then also tell me which he was having problems with conceptually and which were more application based. We worked through several related rate and optimization problems, which he actually did well with, but he struggles to pull the information out of the word problems. We discussed a few strategies to help with this as well as the overall technique for working through them."