Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked primarily on optimization problems, which were found on quiz 8. He made some good strides, but he needs to practice these sorts of problems on his own to test his ability to find the information he needs and to parse out exactly what the question is asking for and how that is symbolized mathematically."
"The student and I worked through a review of the retake of her most recent test in order to improve her grade on it and her understanding of the relevant material. She has a strong grasp of the basic procedures of calculus (differentiation and antidifferentiation) but was confused by the language of the questions that were different from her homework questions. She was very successful at completing the questions correctly when given some guidance about how to interpret what the questions are asking. We are going to work on memorizing standard procedures and anticipating how questions might be asked."
"The student and I worked together this evening on calculus problems, namely implicit differentiation. He had a positive attitude throughout our session. I included strategies to relate this method to other well-established algorithms. I recommended online learning tools as a source of additional practice."
"The student asked for a review of derivatives, starting with the power rule. Then we reviewed the product and quotient rules. Next, we worked on implicit differentiation problems that she had for a review for a test on Tuesday. She did very well."
"The student brought forward concepts in his professor's notes that he knows will be on the final. We looked at implicit differentiation combined with trigonometric functions, finding a line tangent to a slope at a given point, using the derivative of a position function to map out the path of a projectile, the product rule, and the quotient rule. Memorizing important formulas well seems to be where he needs the most work. In addition, he seemed to need some guidance on how to physically do problems and keep notes, as his organizational skills could use some direction. I gave him my version of the difficult problem we worked and told him to go over it to have it down well. In following sessions, I will guide him on good problem-solving processes while attempting to give him more confidence and efficiency, as he knows the material decently well already, only needing help working problems quickly to succeed under the pressure his final will present."
"The student came prepared with questions and her work has cleaned up quite a bit. We were able to go back and identify mistakes, so we were able to finish reviewing her last section of homework. We worked on economic equations like producer surplus, consumer surplus, true value, and future value. She struggles with making simple transcription errors, where information is changed or dropped when rewriting work or putting it in a calculator. She's making fewer mistakes, whether she realizes this or not, so I think she's shown great improvement and effort. She's motivated to study during break too!"