Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session the student and I covered solving trigonometric expressions through the use of fundamental identities and rules. At first she was hesitant with the material since she was not use to math problems having a variety of ways of being solved, but as we went through examples and problems she caught on to the methods and started to enjoy the homework. I left the student to finish her homework."
"The student reviewed the material from his last test in preparation for an upcoming retake. He reviewed graphing and identifying the type of conic, hyperbola, parabola, ellipse, circle as well as their various parts, foci, vertices, directix, asymptotes, major/minor axes. We also reviewed his homework for the next section being covered in class, polar coordinates which seemed to have a very good handle on: converting polar to standard and vice versa."
"The student and I covered a lot of material today. I think we are starting to catch up with his syllabus and soon we can start looking ahead to get him ready for his lectures. I really appreciate his attention and hard work. We reviewed some basics of fractions and covered functions as well as domain and range. Importantly as well we talked about study habits and reviewed his syllabus. Progress continues. I am looking forward to our next session as we continue to master functions."
"From now until the rest of our sessions in December, we will be reviewing material in preparation for the student's final exam. Today, we reviewed converting degrees to radians and vice-versa as well as utilizing trig identities to evaluate expressions. We also worked on adding and subtracting trigonometric functions based on the values of the unit circle. The student was able to do the more complicated work (which is great!), but he was having roadblocks on identifying angles on the unit circle that weren't explicitly stated on it (angles 0-360 degrees). After showing him how to identify coterminal angles, he was able to complete a variety of problems on his own. As always, I have instructed him to continue to get familiar with the unit circle and the different trig identities."
"Today, we began another review sheet and reviewed the student's previous test she got an A- on!! This new sheet was review from the whole year, so she was a little rusty on some of the concepts. We were able to get through half the test pretty painlessly."
"For this session, the student desired difficult examples of how to utilize the law of sines and law of cosines outside of right angles. We started out with 1 to 2 step problems that were mostly "plug and chug" and then worked up to multi-step word problems that required a little out-of-the-box thinking and an understanding of complementary angles. He was also given other difficult problems to work on his own, as desired, for test prep."