Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the unit circle in preparation for her test today. Trigonometric functions such as sine, cosine, and tangent were reviewed. The student had trouble with conversion and trig laws. We cleared up most of her confusion."
"We went over log function as well how to graph and translate. I left the student with several pages of review work from his textbook."
"The student and I reviewed material from 8.2 and 8.3, which introduced the law of cosines and vectors. Section 8.3 contains vectors and application based problems that require an understanding and blend of both the law of sines and the law of cosines. The majority of our time was spent going over practice problems and strategies for these types of problems--these problems also solidify the understanding of material from 8.1 and 8.2 as the laws are applied to 'real-life' scenarios. Chapter 8 is the first chapter that she and I have been able to tackle together from the start of the unit. I can tell that she seems much more motivated and has a better understanding of the material in comparison to chapter 7, where we first began our lessons several days before her exam. I have been also preparing a study guide and plan for her to follow during her extended spring break. The plan is to break down problem sets so that she can complete 4-5 practice problems a day throughout the entirety of her travels. This will allow her to stay current on the material so there is no last minute studying when she returns from her travels and must take the exam the following week. I am finalizing the study plan now and plan on sending it to both her and her mother. Also included is a link to her textbook so she may access it on the go."
"Today I worked with the student to prepare her for her upcoming trigonometry final. She had a review worksheet and so we spent our time working through those problems. I noticed that while she was comfortable with many elements of her trigonometry concepts, she was waylaid by certain details especially concerning identities. During the session, we covered using radians versus degrees to find arc lengths, using SOHCAHTOA to solve for missing angles, applying identities to solve equations and simplify expressions and using trigonometry to find the areas of irregular quadrilaterals. Additionally, we discussed methodologies for solving proofs (using identities) and I emphasized that it is important to remember that there is often more than one way to solve trigonometric problems! I encouraged her to look through her notes and create a one page document with the most important information (which in this case, will end up being formulas and identities). After our session, I also created a one page document with the most salient trigonometry equations in addition to the link to a website which does a fantastic job of explaining trigonometry concepts using interactive diagrams. I have encouraged her to contact me with any questions!"
"During this session, the student and I covered a review sheet focusing on more trigonometric identities and solving problems using the identities. He was preparing for a test this week and seemed confident on the material. He has begun to see some of the similarities and short cuts needed to solve identity problems and is able to solve/jump to the answer quickly!"
"We went over calculating trig functions using even/odd properties and periods in addition to linear speed using revolutions. He is a very smart kid and I expect him to succeed."