Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At the end of last week I left the student with a number of problems out of a trigonometry text book. Today we went over the problems he did and examined it overall. He is a bright student! We then moved on to solving trigonometric equations for all values of an angle between 0 and 360 degrees. This was relatively new to him but he picked it up quickly and understood the algebra well. Next we studied ambiguous triangles involving the law of sines. Finally we moved on to a short introduction to law of cosines. This is the sort of student who appreciates the derivation of new math tools, so together we derived the law of cosines."
"The student's midterms are coming up, so we reviewed the first few chapters and worked on review problems."
"Helped the student review for his trig final. We worked through a review packet his teacher had given him. I showed him a few tricks he could do with his calculator to help him with some problems."
"This session, the student and I worked on making some corrections to a few worksheets that she brought home from school. We spent the majority of the hour on a worksheet that dealt with area. She had originally completed the problems by finding the perimeter and had to be refreshed on what exactly the term "area" meant. The worksheet also introduced students to estimation when working with areas in figures that do not neatly fill up a measurable space. We talked about many different strategies for estimation. After time on this worksheet, we moved on to one that dealt with transcribing money amounts and one that dealt with some word problems. After a little coaching, she was able to accurately complete these two sheets, as well. It is always a joy to work with her."
"On Monday, the student and I met to review for his final. He really grasped the concepts, I was pleased to hear that he received an 88 on the test he took. We then met and started reviewing for his last test. We covered area of integrals and he seemed to do well on that, too. I have seen considerable improvements in his understanding of the content since starting with him."
"Today, the student and I largely focused on percents. Since he's in the middle of taking his standardized tests at school, he didn't have any math homework to work on, but he did remember what his most recent section was, so we were able to get a head start on that material. This focused on increasing and decreasing percentages. He could do most of the problems in his head, but he had a difficult time putting it into equation form on paper, which he has to do for tests, so we spent a good sum of time working on writing problems as equations and solving them in their proper form. After this, I had him work on some more challenging percent problems that I had prepared for him. Once again, I had him not only solve the problem, but write down the equation as well. He seemed to understand it much better by the time I left."