Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was preparing for her test on using trigonometric functions and their inverses to solve for side lengths and angle measures in right triangles. She has become very competent at correctly identifying and using sine, cosine, and tangent. Although she initially made some errors when setting up the word problems, we corrected the way she was setting up the problems and she made the correct choices as she continued the review. We had an opportunity to go over one of the online practice games and she spotted some quiz questions. She had a few questions on setting up special triangles and how to translate those properties into sine, cosine and tangents of 30, 60, and 45 angles in right triangles. When we moved on to the online quiz questions, she did extremely well. With every question answered, she was showing much more of her work, which should help with achieving the most possible points when testing."
"This time we worked on trigonometry. I saw significant gains in knowledge and skill during this time! The student is great at solving equations once they are set up, and consistently recognizes the patterns involved in solving. She, like most students when they first encounter trig, sometimes needed help with opposite and adjacent, but she made a lot of progress here, too. Overall, this went well!"
"We covered properties of similar polygons (equal corresponding angles, corresponding sides are proportional, angle bisector theorem), and the student did her homework, which involved applying the theorems she learned. Overall, she understood all the concepts and did not have much trouble with the homework. She wrote all notes in her notebook."
"The student worked on pages from his homework packet. Topics included making graphs of parabolas, transformations of parabolas, finding intersection points, reflections across y-axis or y=x line, proofs involving triangles including the use of various postulates in those proofs, etc."
"The student made an 87 on her test--yes! I was very happy to hear this. When asked what gave her the most trouble, she said it was a series of small mistakes. The main one she remembered was mistaking which side of the right triangle was actually the hypotenuse. We went over that in depth, and she now understands it very well. She had a team project, which involved estimating the height of a building tower using trigonometry. We went over how to solve this using the numbers she had. It was fairly straightforward, and she did a good job selecting the appropriate trigonometric function. Next, we reviewed the various concepts that had been covered in class since January. Namely, triangles (how to prove congruency and similarity), quadrilaterals (the different categories of shapes and how to differentiate them), radicals, Pythagorean theorem, and trig functions. We will pick up with new material after the next quarter starts."
"We reviewed for the upcoming test the student will have after the break ends. He doesn't have a problem utilizing equations and formulas. He did very well, and I'm impressed with his progress."