Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I prepared for her upcoming quizzes and tests. She was doing a lot of work with circles and tangents and secants. There were lots of different theorems that she needs to know, and she seemed to have them down pretty well. She will probably need to do some good studying before the test to make sure she remembers the specifics. This is definitely getting to be harder material than the first semester!"
"We covered Algebra II concepts such as systems of equations, synthetic division, and solving equations with radicals. The student was eager to figure it out."
"The student and I spent our session working on the law of cosines and reviewing prior material for an upcoming quiz. We went through a general derivation of the law of cosines, showing why there are multiple forms of the law. We also discussed an overall approach to solving triangles by ranking the tools at his disposal in terms of ease of use. We then went over two older quizzes in order to clear up some remaining confusion he had regarding problems he had gotten wrong. The most important thing we looked at from his older quizzes was graphing trig functions. I showed him some principles that make graphing them much easier than trying to plot each point using the unit circle."
"We reviewed material for student's final exam on Tuesday; the material was from a study sheet provided by the instructor. We covered unit conversions, scientific notation, the unit circle and basic trig functions, graphing trig functions and their transformations, the midpoint and distance formulas, etc. She seems fairly well prepared at this time but should continue doing practice problems. She should ask her instructor about what formulas and other info will be provided on the exam sheet."
"We spent the session preparing for an upcoming comprehensive exam, focusing in particular on reviewing problems involving the law of cosines, law of sines, and parallelograms. We also covered problems involving sketching triangles and using trig identities. The student seemed comfortable with most of these problems after a bit of review, but is still struggling somewhat with utilizing the trig identities in problems. We'll work on that in our next session."
"The student is learning trigonometry. His class has only been introduced to the subject, so he hasn't delved deep into the area just yet. So far, he's studied angles of rotation and a basic review of soh-cah-toa. After I helped him complete a couple of problem sets for homework, I taught him a few additional concepts that he will most likely learn in the next week or two. These concepts include angle measures in radians; the unit circle; arc length; and the trigonometric functions sine, cosine, and tangent. The introduction to trigonometry, including angles of rotation and right triangles, is quite basic. I don't think he had any problem with it. What I taught him was new territory, but he will be much more comfortable with the new material when he learns it in class."