Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed the graphs of tan x, cot x, sec x, and csc x, including horizontal and vertical stretches and shrinks. We also covered inverse trig functions and sketched right triangles to visualize the ratios and angles."
"She is taking SAT this Saturday so we spent our time practicing SAT Math. I brought a resource to be able to get to know SAT and also to practice. First of all, we went over what strategies she should be following during the test. After that I let her do a pretest consisting of 15 multiple choice and 15 grid-in problems without timing. After we corrected the problems we went over the one she has struggled most. Then she practiced another 15 multiple choice problems and we closed the session by going over the problems she struggled with on that part as well."
"Today we covered the student's homework. The topics included using trig functions to calculate various properties of triangles, calculating perimeter of isosceles trapezoids, and more. The student's attitude was that of perseverance and determination, yet she was reasonable about not spending undue time on problems without checking with the professor first about the most reasonable way to proceed with the problem. She feels increasingly confident about her geometry and trigonometry skills."
"We spent the first half the of the session recreating a unit circle with coordinates and angles. The second half was spent applying this to solving equations involving sine and cosine. We discussed how you need to consider all possible rotations when solving your equation. I think he has a much better understanding of what's happening now."
"We specifically went over limit concepts in Calculus. The student was able to understand the material. Overall, the session was excellent."
"The student worked through her homework packet covering inscribed chords, triangles, squares and their respective area/perimeter. After working through a few practice problems, she said she understood the theorems of that section and she easily finished the remainder of the packet, including working ahead to the next section. We spent some time going through challenge problems that I had brought with me which she also did well on. It's clear that through her work that she understands this section well and can complete the problems on her own. For the next session I will be bringing another practice quiz to see how accurate her work is when under time pressure."
"Today's session the student went really well. We finished up his assignment for his trig class and then we worked a little on some calculus. For trig it was a review of asymptotes and graphing functions. For calculus we review product, quotient and chain rule. He is doing great and isn't struggling at all. The student has a great attitude and was excited/asked to work on calculus after his homework was finished. I found out that he has a 92% in his math class and he did very well on his last math exam."
"In this session, we finished a review packet by working on Pythagorean triples and their relation to trig functions, and we revisited how to graph functions and their inverses. I left the student with a couple of problems that involve them solving numerical values for all six trig functions."
"We discussed formulas for trig functions of double and half angle. We also discussed applying them to more complex problems."
"Chapter 2 . Slope of a Tangent Line, Derivative of a Function, Continuity of a Function, basic differentiation rules and rates of change. Homework: Exercise problems. For next time, study: product and quotient rules and higher order derivatives,"
"He is learning about sin, cos, tan, cot, sec, and csc. He has a great grasp on these terms. We also worked on converting from degrees to radicals and radicals to degrees."
"I helped the student prepare for a quiz on trigonometric identities and the simplification and exact solutions of seemingly "uneven" angle measures of the trigonometric functions (such as the cosine of 115 degrees). Utilizing various identities, we were able to creatively manipulate statements and equations containing trigonometric functions to simplify them significantly. We also discussed how all of the methods of simplification that were used were based on the fundamentals of algebra. He did well and understood the use of tables to find exact radian measures, and exact outputs for trigonometric functions of certain angles, how to utilize and manipulate the proven identities to allow for their use based on the problem at hand. He feels very confident about his quiz tomorrow and I believe he will do well once again."