Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered section 6 of the student's textbook, which deals mostly with vector trigonometry. This was our first session, and it seemed to go well. She was eager to do the work and had no problem with the math itself once she understood what the question was asking. The biggest concern with this subject is that she skipped the first semester, so we are jumping into pre-calculus in the middle. We will need to spend some time reviewing the basics of sine, cosine, tangent etc., as well as the unit circle, polar coordinates, and radians. I encouraged her to read the required sections in advance of the tutoring meetings. She is very bright, and I'm confident she will be able to get through this semester successfully even without the first semester."
"We covered how to graph polar equations and how to convert polar coordinates into Cartesian coordinates. We then started reviewing the student's homework. She has a general understanding of the concepts. I made it a point to go through the chapter with her so she could understand the examples."
"Today we reviewed for the student's conic sections test. Overall, she does pretty well with these. It's probably one of the hardest topics she has had in the class, and there are lots of formulas and definitions of variables to remember for these. We talked about classifying different types of conic equations and how to put them into standard form by completing the square (The student did well with this). She had a little trouble with changing coordinates - rotating a conic on the xy plane by an angle, theta, to eliminate any "off axis" terms in an equation. We reviewed this, and I gave her a couple of ways to check her work to make sure she did it correctly. The most important part here is just to follow the procedure and keep track of all your signs and variables since its a lot of algebraic manipulation."
"We reviewed arc length and using the unit circle today. Most of the session was spent on properties of graphs. The student needed a lot of help finding changes in period, and phase shifts. After several practice problems, she seemed to catch on. I think it would be best to continually review this, along with using the unit circle."
"She is doing incredibly well on the concepts of material. These concepts will for the most part involved with linear optimization, linear modeling, Gaussian elimination, augmented matrices, etc. I really respect the amount of time she spends studying these things, and I am certain that this will do her very well college."
"The student and I had our first lesson today. I appreciated that he had questions ready for our lesson so we could get started right away. As with most students of higher math levels we found some review of earlier math skills helped our understanding of the new material. I believe my approach of making the material as simple as possible helped him understand this material was not as complicated as he thought. Techniques to visualize what was happening with the functions seemed to help out. I am looking forward to our next lesson with this hard working student."