Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent the majority of the session reviewing for her makeup exam on the unit circle. I went through a few practice problems with her, then had her take a practice exam. She made the most mistakes when determining the quadrant and identifying the reference angle. I showed her a trick to help her remember and continued to work with her to correct the practice test. We spent the remaining few minutes working through problems from her chemistry textbook. After explaining the overall goal of the problem, she said she understood how to solve it a lot better."
"This was a good session. We began a new chapter. We began with vectors. We defined two different vector notations, by defining origin and terminal points. Further we looked at vector magnitude and direction. We solved equations for magnitude. Once this was comfortable, we introduced the commutative, associative, additive, and multiplicative properties of vectors. We then explored vector dot products. Further we looked at multiplying constants in tandem with addition and dot products of vectors. Lastly we determined two ways to define the angle between two vectors using magnitude, dot product, and the inverse cosine function."
"We covered the trigonometric functions and how to determine zero points, maxima, and minima. I also taught the student the unit circle and how to use it to determine the values for different sines and cosines. She seemed to have a little trouble initially with understanding the fundamentals of the trig functions but she seemed to learn very quickly. She is very bright and learns very quickly. She was great to work with and I know she will be successful."
"Today, student and I began by going over the rules of logs and solving logarithmic equations algebraically. She told me she had to make up a worksheet on trigonometric equations. I provided her with a "cheat sheet" full of trig identities and helpful information. I then explained that the goal was simply to make one side of the equation look like the other, through the use of algebraic tricks and trig identities. After a few problems, she began to get the hang of it. She scored in the 90's on her most recent exam which is a significant improvement."
"We went through the concepts of trigonometric identity and all the equations. I helped both kids on the review sheet questions as well-- they seemed satisfied. Exam on Monday was what we prepared for, and I think they are well-prepared."
"Went over a practice worksheet given to the student by her teacher, primarily focused on graphing trigonometric functions. I also went over the relationship between the arguments of trig functions and their periods and frequencies."
"Today we covered how to graph trig functions. We went into specific techniques on how to handle transformations. She was having difficulty finding specific parts of the graph that were needed to move forward, so we set out a road map for solving each problem. Knowing what step was next helped her progress through the problems."
"We finished reviewing the final exam study guide. This included finding the equation of a trig function, solving trig equations, and word problems. Since the last time we met, she spent some time studying on her own and her understanding of the material has noticeably improved."
"The student is on spring break so he was given a longer homework assignment than usual. The homework covered a lot of older material. He had forgotten how to do some of the older material. However, he was able to pick it up quickly again once I explained it. He has some homework that needs to be done, and we will meet again on Monday."
"Position equation, computation of initial velocity, final velocity, initial position and final position. Trigonometric identities, angles of rotation, reference angles, unit circle."
"For this session, we reviewed for the student's upcoming test. He had a packet of problems to work through, so we went through those and broke down how to do each problem. He is working on logarithms, natural logarithms, exponential equations, half-lives, and the like."
"We talked about the law of sines and cosines and how to use them to solve triangles. We only did a couple of problems, but he will continue to complete the rest on his own."