Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we looked at the previous test that the student took. After reviewing the test we spent some time reviewing how the trig circle was created, and what the relationship of sine and cosine were at different points on the circle. I taught the student a quick and easy way of remembering the trig circle so that he could construct one quickly and easily for future reference. Then we discussed the properties of trig functions, and how to break up seemingly complex trig functions into smaller functions that could be looked up using the trig circle. After that we worked a few practice problems covering angular velocity and linear velocity. We looked at the relationship between the two, and how trig functions could be used to solve angular velocity questions."
"The student had a quiz, so we went through the few questions she missed, redoing them properly. We also worked through some of the homework problems to make sure she both understood how to graph polynomial functions and did the homework correctly."
"The student is preparing for a test this week on combining functions and finding the inverse of functions. She was well-prepared before I arrived, so we focused on working through the test review together. She clearly understands the concept of this chapter."
"Today the student and I went over powers, logs, natural logs, and trigonometry. She has not covered these topics in class yet but she will be next week and the week after. She had an exam mid-week. I spent most of the time asking conceptual questions so that she could get familiar with how the functions work, so that she will have an easier time doing problems. The last thing that I taught her was how to use her graphing calculator to graphically check any problem that she has as well as help her find graphically, any answer she has trouble with. The following week we will be working on story problems."
"During my session with the student, we worked on establishing trigonometric identities. The problems were a bit challenging, and involved recognizing certain identities, which many students find extremely hard in the beginning. However, we managed to work through all the problems that were assigned, and she was feeling more confident with the material."
"Today we discussed functions, domains, ranges, graphing functions, function relationships and determining whether a function is even, odd, or neither. The student had significant improvements in evaluating functions, especially evaluating f(x+h)."