Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we continued our review in preparation for the student's exam tomorrow. We worked on several optimization, related rates, and linearization problems. We also reviewed absolute extrema procedures and differentials."
"We covered calculating directional derivatives. The main issue for the student seemed to be knowing where to start. They did not seem to be very familiar with the types of questions being asked. The process made sense, but not why the particular process was being used."
"We covered continuity of polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, composite functions of algebraic, and trigonometric functions. We also covered the definition of tangent lines on a curve at a specific point by using the limit approach. The student was struggling the most with continuity, but she understood the concept and the criteria really fast. I reminded her of basic trig identities, continuity criteria, and binomios cubed."
"We covered derivatives using product rule, quotient rule and the power rule. These included problems dealing with trigonometric functions. Then, we used L'Hopital's rule to solve some tricky limit problems. The student struggles sometimes with the involved algebra required to solve the problems. She's definitely using what we've covered in previous problem sets, and I think she'll continue to improve."
"We covered differentiation - power rule, sine, and cosine; simplification of rational exponents, and exponent expressions; differentiation - product and quotient rules; and PSAT Practice problems, linear equations, inequalities, geometry. Student struggled a little with exponents, but quickly improved on exponent rules. Discussed Quotient rule can be thought of as a product rule. The student always puts her best effort into her work, has a great attitude and is a pleasure to work with!"
"We covered differentiation, rates of change, and rationale for modeling positions as functions. The student and I walked through a sample test set and covered some of the rationale behind what the questions were asking. I provided a recap of topics that he should cover between now and Tuesday to go into his test prepared, such as drilling some of the differentiation rules and breaking each problem down into component steps so that they are more easily solved. I stressed that facility with the rules of calculus should be paramount and that understanding would follow. I am looking forward to seeing how he does on the next test and seeing how I can modify my teaching approach to best serve his needs."