Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began reviewing material in preparation for the student's upcoming class that will begin in January. We covered inequalities, functions, composite functions, trig functions, and inverse functions. I left her with problems to do relating to each of the subjects covered. Next time we will be working on graphing trig functions."
"The student and I concluded our review for his final. We worked primarily on trigonometric limits, in particular those involving the product and chain rules. After completing that review, we spent time going over some problems from the beginning of the course, including pre-calculus and limit material. I believe he is considerably more prepared for success than when I first met him. On his penultimate math test going into a final, he received a 46/50 (92%). This is greatly encouraging and I look forward to seeing the results of his final. This was our final meeting of the semester, and we will resume tutoring after the winter break."
"Final session with the student just before her exam. From our first session to now, I saw her improve a great deal and demonstrated a thorough understanding of the majority of the topics at this point. I'm just very curious to know how well she does and she is able to surpass her expectations."
"We reviewed more for his final. He found out that the final exam questions will be very similar to the previous test questions but with the numbers changed. So we decided to focus our attention on re-solving the exam questions and noticing where his mistakes were the first time."
"We prepared for his final exam in calculus. We primarily focused on graphical models and using the calculator to speed up the problem solving process. He didn't have problems with this. Other that that, we practiced applied calculus problems in finance. He began to notice patterns in the problems and was better able to make sense of how the information given was relevant."
"The student showed me her two midterm exams, and we went over the problems on her first midterm to review the concepts for her final. She struggled with some tricky problems dealing with derivatives and limits. I think this is not because she doesn't understand the concepts well but rather due to the nature of the problem which demands complete mastery of the concepts or the application of another theorem. Thus, I went over some possible uses of each theorem and any applications of them that she might encounter on the final."
"The student and I worked on various types of calculus problems. We covered using differentials to approximate propagating error, using the First Derivative Test to locate relative extrema and determine what type of extrema they are."
"We covered many rules on his study guide - changes using derivatives, taking derivatives, analyzing functions, etc. He still seems to struggle with the concepts, but he absorbed some concepts from last time and throughout the session."
"We went over her review exam. It was long, so we moved quickly through the problems. It was a review of basic concepts for derivatives, integrals, and graphing functions. She knows it pretty well."
"The student and I had an excellent session today going over the last of his review sheet for his exam tomorrow. Specifically, we covered differentiating trigonometric functions as well as reviewing the power, product, quotient, and chain rule. I think he is well prepared for his test and expect him to get a great grade on it."
"I covered trig functions, their behaviors and plotting them using general function forms. We also reviewed how to understand the elements of general functional form such as period, phase shift, vertical shift, etc., so I worked with her through examples to help her. At the end of the session, she got better understanding and was able to solve problems on her own."
"The student wanted to review this morning to refresh her memory before her test. We went over examples with concepts such as FTC 1, word problems, and integrating odd function."