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. 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. He is the sort of student who appreciates the derivation of new math tools and so together we derived the law of cosines."
"We covered polar coordinates and simple graphs in the polar plane: r = theta, r = sin(theta), r = sin(2*theta), r = 1 + sing(theta). This is a topic that she is just now being introduced to, so we did not go too far in depth. The student was cooperative and eager to understand the material, as she always is. She is very good at picking up on concepts as they are explained to her."
"Concepts covered: half angle formulas and equations involving sine and cosine. Student was struggling with half angle formulas. The student was eager to learn. He feels that his professor is going too fast. Student understood half angles formulas at the end of the session."
"For this lesson, the student and I first worked on his homework on graphing trigonometric equations and translations of each of the major kinds. For the rest of the lesson, we reviewed concepts and problems for his Pre-calculus test that is coming up."
"The student and I spent our session preparing for her quiz tomorrow on Ellipses and Parabolas. She had a review assignment, and was able to complete the problems she had previously needed extra coverage on. She seemed very prepared on her own, only needing a little clarification on some topics."
"We did problems where we had to use the trigonometric identities to simplify expressions and prove relations between expressions today. We also did extra practice problems involving finding one trigonometric function value from another one, and what quadrant the angle is in. These are the things that will be on a test she is taking soon and I expect her to do well."
"The student and I prepared for her trigonometry exam this week. We reviewed radians and degree measures. We also went over real life problems. We worked on the "explanations" behind things like sine and cosine. We worked on graphing sine and cosine."
"Tonight, the student began working on a class project over the history and significance of trigonometry. I was able to provide her with some basic information on which to begin building, as well as some research tips and general motivational help."
"We worked on trigonometry worksheet practice the class was given for homework. His application of sine, cosine and tangent to solve for reference angles, sides and lengths is very good in most situations now. Solving word problems which need diagrams to be drawn in order to be able to calculate is something that he and I will work further on, but he is excellent when using known methods."
"We continued with graphing trig functions, specifically tan functions, and determining is a function is odd, even, or neither. This included identifying the A, B, C values of a give equation (y=Atan(B(x-pi))+C), how each of the terms effects the appearance of the graph, and determining the new (x,y) and asymptotes. The student understands the concepts very well. I have asked that he always check his answers during homework assignment to ensure he is getting the right answer and practice doing the unassigned odd problems, which the correct answer is listed in his book."
"Today the student and I worked on conic sections. For each topic, I gave a brief explanation of the various forms of equations associated with each type of conic section before working through some problems involving each type. We worked through parabolas, ellipses, hyperbola, and rotated conic sections."
"We decided it would be best for us to spend this week working on math to prepare for her upcoming quiz. We worked through her homework covering arc and arc length. I explained the vocabulary and had her work on problems without referring to her notes. We also spent time working ahead and going over finding sector area."