Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our last session before the conics chapter exam. We reviewed the final two sections, and made sure to go through each equation for any final questions the student might have. The final section was identifying conics not in standard form, and solving nonlinear systems of equations and inequalities. This helped him review and apply all the previous techniques from the chapter. In this section, he was not told what type of conic he was working with, and had figure that out and then graph the equation. We made sure to work through circles, parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas in this form. We also talked about using the discriminant when an xy term is present. Overall, he feels confident and knows the equations well. He plans on reviewing more examples and making sure to commit each equation to memory before the exam."
"Today the student and I spent 1.5 hours covering topics from her trig class, including ways to manipulate and graph trig functions and identify key features on those graphs. We then spent an hour covering naming conventions for ionic and covalent compounds from her chemistry class."
"Today, the student and I worked on his last trigonometry exam review for Monday. We covered law of sines, law of cosines, vectors, unit vectors, polar graphs, and dot product. I am sure he will do well on his exam."
"Today, the student and I worked on inverse trigonometric functions. She had a positive attitude. I did some questions with her and then asked her to do more similar questions on her own. She was able to do most questions and sought help on some. She was asked to do more practice and prepare for the next topic."
"Today, we began our introduction to the general meanings and topics of Trigonometry. After taking into account issues that the student encountered during her second semester of Algebra II, we gravitated towards linking the ideas and concepts between right triangles and circles. Since those two concepts are the same for Trigonometry, we used the Pythagorean theorem to prove some invaluable concepts to be useful for the purposes of the course. We introduced the polar plane, conversion from degrees to radians and back again, identifying important information on the circle, and coming to understand the basic patterns and similarities between Trig functions & their algebraic counterparts."
"Today, we covered complex numbers. We talked through the steps to solve the problems the student was assigned for homework, and I guided her through some parts she was struggling with. We learned how to multiply and divide complex numbers and how to convert from rectangular to polar form and the other way also, and we looked at De Moivre's theorem. We made a plan for studying for her test next week and also her final on Thursday."