Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started on polar coordinates. The student had no problems graphing the coordinates as well as rewriting coordinates. We spent the majority of the session converting polar coordinates to rectangular coordinates and vice versa. He understands how to convert polar coordinates to rectangular and had little trouble using the formulas directly. The biggest issue was converting rectangular to polar. He needed help working backwards from a coordinate and using it to solve for the radius. He was having trouble remembering his basic cos/sin values for basic angles (from an earlier unit). I had him do several problems to help him get acquainted with such conversions. He seems a little too dependent on calculator usage as opposed to writing work out on paper, but he is starting to get more comfortable with going polar. Has a quiz on Wednesday."
"We did a broad review of algebra concepts to help her prepare for an upcoming placement exam. Her test is tomorrow, but she has a good grasp of algebra concepts. We just brushed up on some of the tougher concepts like completing the square, advanced percentage problems, advanced linear and quadratic problems, etc."
"First, we solved some trig equations using trig identities. Then we proved some trig inequalities. Finally, we worked on few bearing problems. He had a good understanding overall. I solved problems step by step and I made sure that he understood every step. I showed him how to look for appropriate formulas and how to use them."
"The student is doing great! We finished his topic (rational functions) very quickly and he was eager to get going on the next session. He picked up complex numbers quickly. We spent the last few minute getting faster at FOIL and the opposite of FOIL. We will continue covering these topics during upcoming sessions."
"I worked with the student on her math homework covering the law of sines. She quickly made her way through most of the assignment, leaving some word problems at the end for Thursday. I noticed that some areas she can improve and hone her skills would be using inverse sine to solve functions."
"We reviewed for the student's upcoming test by going over polar coordinate graphs and tables, and how to reconcile seeming differences between the two when the variable used was not theta but instead a scale of theta."