Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over trigonometry functions (sin, cos, and tan) and I showed him the unit circle and how to use it. At the start of the session, he was working on a class worksheet that covered these topics and was struggling to fill it all in. At the end of the session it appeared he fully understood what trig functions are and how to apply them in a problem."
"We started with a physics assignment involving velocity-time graphs. There was a lot of improvement from the last time we worked on this. The student didn't have trouble with position vs. displacement this time, and had no trouble using the area under the graph to find displacement. We reviewed what average acceleration meant. After the physics, I helped her work through her pre-calculus assignment which involved calculating the six trigonometric functions. She did very well with this - I showed her how she could use a triangle for almost any of these problems when information seems like it's missing. We also went over using the unit circle to evaluate trig functions as well. She caught on very quickly with this and did a great job!"
"Went over trigonometric conversions. The student had a little trouble with calculating inverse functions (co-secant, secant, co-tangent), but after a basic guideline he had no further trouble. We also reviewed his previous test."
"I helped the student decode the instructions and solve problems that were present in the review. I was glad to see that she remembered all of the complex algebra we had covered last week."
"The student had some homework on box plots, quartiles and understanding statistical data with them and finding the mean, median, min, max and graphing. This is on her quiz as well as everything from chapter section 1-1 to 1-4. She knows it well but we reviewed sigma notation."
"For this session, we reviewed the student's test from the previous week. After that, we moved on to covering the material she's working on in class - mainly exponential functions. We used the homework as a basis, and covered graphing and writing equations for exponentials as well as the basic concept of limits."
"Reviewed chapter test within book as preparation for test tomorrow, made sure the student had notes along side problems we went through. Had her work through problems first till she got stuck to gauge where she was at and also give herself an idea on what she needed to review later on her own again."
"The student did not have any assigned homework to complete, so we spent the session reviewing the latest material discussed in class. He is still doing algebra 2 review. We went over determining x-axis, y-axis or origin symmetry, translations of graphs, and understanding circles. Aside from that, we also did some independent review of graphing techniques and the parent functions of all the basic functions (linear, parabolas, radicals, rationals). He is going to have to spend time doing these problems on his own as well. He seemed to get them as we were going through them, but he will need practice to solidify his understanding. Overall, he did seem to get what we were reviewing. Some of it was review, some of it was new for him. I did suggest a few problem sets for him to complete for more practice."
"We reviewed aspects of the Pythagorean Theorem for a right triangle and the key indicators as such today. We then progressed to the equations used to determine whether a triangle is acute, right, or obtuse. We continued to review the aspects of Pythagorean triples and what makes them special. The next phase of the session we explored special triangles that focused on the 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 triangle respectively. From diagram setup and variable comparison we proceeded with about 20 practice problems reviewing all previously stated concepts. We also conducted review of simplifying radicals, completing the square and factoring polynomials."
"We worked mostly on the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines today. The student learned when each should be used. We clarified how the law of sines can admit 0, 1, or 2 solutions in terms of solving trigonometric equations. He seems to understand the material very well. I will try to develop ways to think independently about the problems."
"The student has a test coming up and I'm curious to see the effect of the tutoring so far. Good effort during the session! We had a great study time and she will work on some homework to prepare for her test."
"The student and I focused on the graphing information that can be pulled from trigonometric functions that allow for it to be graphed without a calculator. I gave him methods of finding phase shift and period for specific functions. I asked him and his mother to update me on what we will be working on each week so that I can be sure I am sufficiently prepared for our meetings."