Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"***Reviewed for Wednesday's final exam*** -Laws of Sines and Cosines - finding missing sides/angles of triangles. -Graphing of Polynomial, Logarithmic, Trigonometric, and Exponential Functions (finding critical values, asymptotes, holes, etc.). -Solving exponential growth/decay word problems using: A(t)=A(0)e^-kt. -Finding missing arc-length or central angle. -Measuring angles in terms of radians vs. degrees. -Synthetic division problems; Theorem of Rational Zeroes."
"The student had some classwork to do that involved trigonometric functions, particularly sectors of circles. He has a test this week. He picked up the material well and didn't need much assistance."
"The student and I reviewed for his final exam. He only had concerns with rational expressions (how to solve for their inequalities, simplifying them, operations with them, identifying graphical aspects). I broke down every topic involving rational expressions and performed multiple examples with him. After seeing these problems done once, he had little trouble doing them on his own. All other topics from the review were looked at and it seems he is proficient at them. He takes the final next week."
"The student and I continued our survey into trigonometry by focusing on inverse trig functions this session. I highlighted the fact that because trig functions take an angle and return a ratio, inverse trig functions take a trig ratio and return an angle, which follows from inverse definitions. We first practiced finding values for inverse trig function given a ratio input. Then, we practiced finding values for nested trig functions. Lastly, we learned how to solve basic trig equations. Some of the strategies learned were consolidating the trig functions and factoring quadratics/etc. to result in simpler equations to solve."
"We covered solving and graphing piecewise functions, domain restriction word problems, and linear/angular velocity conversions. The student was initially struggling with domain restriction problems, but was more confident as she began to explain the concept back to me."
"Concepts: ACT Review. Strategies: I told him that deriving formulas is always easier than memorizing them. Extra Practice: I gave him a test prep ACT study program. The student has been doing well on all of his exams since our last meeting. I'm sure he'll do well on his ACT if he follows through with the program!"