Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over how to move trigonometric functions and how the period changes. We also went over what reference angles were and I helped him with that."
"Went over basic function definitions, domain/range definition, graphing and practice some problems. We also went over some physics relations with velocity/acceleration/time. Created checklists for the student to follow when working on functions and the physics problems. The student seem to catch on well, so I tested him with some more challenging questions when I felt he had enough knowledge to verify so that we could move on other topics. I told the student to work through some of the problems in the book that had answers in the back of the book so that he can check to see if he is on the right track. I also suggested working on some of the problems in the book in which the steps are shown in the book and compare what he is getting to what the book states. We are planning on meeting again on Monday."
"Today the student and I focused on graphing trigonometric functions while notating the domain and range and solving inverse trig functions. She seems to really understand the topic and is well prepared for the quiz on Friday. She did not have any further questions when we ended the session."
"The student was working on conics, specifically circles and parabolas. We reviewed the vertex, the focus, and the directrix of the parabola and a horizontal and vertical parabola. We also determined which way it opened. For the circle, we discussed the center of the circle and the radius. Since she will be doing ellipses shortly, we also reviewed the equations for a horizontal or vertical ellipse and how to find the foci. She had some problems on both parabolas and circles, and she was able to complete them. She did well. She is a great student to work with!"
"We covered manipulation of conic section formulas and solving oblique triangles. The student struggled a bit with knowing how to tell different conic section equations apart, but ended up understanding it pretty well by the end of the session. The student's attitude was great. He started to really understand the concepts. I explained that it is helpful to list out the different types of equations for the conic sections. Also, I helped him by showing him on which triangles it is best to use the law of sines and cosines in certain circumstances. Tomorrow, we will be going over more practice problems that he has been assigned."
"Today's session consisted of going over products of matrices, determinants of square matrices (of varying sizes), varying methods of solving for these determinants, and applying the determinant operation into Cramer's Rule to solve for systems of linear equations. The student did not have trouble understanding the material, but rather retaining a consistency with the methods and checking over that all of the values in the matrices matched up. This caused errors in subsequent determinants and ultimately would result in wrong answers if left unchecked. With more practice and simply checking over the value holders in the matrices as well as consistency in the method of solving determinants, he will have no trouble completing these problems. Overall, he did great today."