Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on a review of graphing sine and cosine functions and their transformations for an upcoming test. She worked on exercises where she had to identify the amplitude, vertical shift, period, phase shift, count by given the equation of a sine or cosine function and then graph it. She also worked on exercises where she had to take information from a graph of a sine or cosine function and write an equation in standard form. She has a very good understanding of the material and has no trouble setting up the problems and graphing the transformations."
"We covered material that dealt with inverse trig functions (arcsin, arccos, arctan, etc.). This involved solving for the angle given the equation x=arcsin(-1/2) and sin5x+2=0. The student quickly grasped the concepts and could easily solve the problems, even without using a calculator when asked. He continues to make great progress every week."
"The student and I went over various strategies to solve trigonometry problems and how to draw trigonometry graphs. At first, she needed guidance on how to use inverse trigonometry; after we went over it together she was confident while using it to solve problems. We also covered what SohCahToa is; what opposite, adjacent, and hypotenuse mean; how to find sine, cosine and tangent; and how to work triangle problems. She went over 5 practice questions on her own toward the end of the session and she did great in all 5. For next session I gave her home work to graph some functions."
"Today, the student and I covered his homework for the next week. Currently, his is learning trig identities and we expanded his knowledge and applied them to multiple problem types. We started by just simplifying, then solving, then proving. He seemed to have a good grasp of the identities and was able to manipulate them quickly. I am confident he is ahead of his class in understanding."
"The student is very easy to work with and she is very knowledgeable. She just needs to build up her speed. We continue to work on Trig problems but also integrate in practice with functions. This will include test taking strategies."
"The student and I worked on her assignment involving the graphing of polar equations. We were able to get through most of the problems, and I think she understood the principles behind everything very well."
"We stepped away from biology today and worked on her trig homework. She's on to identities, and I remember how difficult these were for me. I showed her a few tricks to these and she's taken off since then. Very smart girl."
"We worked today on sum and difference formulas in addition to co-function identities. Co-function identities went very smoothly, and there was little difficulty with these practice problems. Sum and difference formulas were a bit tougher, with nuances with mostly positive and negative signs, but overall these identities were not bad to apply. The student will continue to work on chapter 5, and we will work on double angle, sum, and product formulas next time."
"In this session, we spent one hour going over Trig and one hour going over Physics. For trig, we reviewed sum, difference, double, and half angle formulas and their applications as well as some trig identity proofs. In physics we reviewed simple harmonic motion in the form of springs. The student had no difficulty understanding concepts and was able to solve all the problems on her own once the concepts were explained. We reviewed some shortcuts for the trig identities."
"Today I showed Student 1 how to solve trig functions using a triangle and the Pythagorean theorem. She liked this method better than using trig identities. Student 2 and I went over the lesson on volcanoes. She completed the discussion question on her own after finding the necessary information from the internet. Student 3 and I learned about the fall of Rome. The introductory video was helpful. He will complete the discussion question at home."
"The student and I worked on more trig proofs for half of the session. For the rest of the time, we worked on the essay writing part of the AP language test and did a practice test. She did a great job on the trig proofs and seems to really understand them."
"First session focused on helping the student to catch up on old assignments. We focused on solving equations with that had variables with exponents. We reviewed algebra rules for multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting variables with exponents. Suggest the student generate some flashcards to help practice and memorize them. Also suggested that he start a page of questions on topics that he doesn't fully understand. We will review these on subsequent sessions."