Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent this entire session preparing for her geometry quiz. The subject matter is pretty difficult at the moment, so the extra time seemed well-spent. She seemed to have a solid understanding by the end, and hopefully she does well on her quiz!"
"Today was all about trig. We spent a little while going over the origami proof of the Pythagorean theorem. Then, we went over how to set up trig functions to solve for unknowns and how to apply inverse trig functions. Student has a test next week, so we did a lot of review problems, mostly word problems, and worked on how to set them up. I gave her my process for solving math problems, 1. read the question and understand it, 2. write down everything the problem gives you, 3. write down formulas involving the information given, 4. move stuff around and plug in until something interesting happens. That seemed to help a lot."
"She worked on her homework that covered the surface area, lateral area, and volume of various solids, prisms with bases that are regular polygons, pyramidal prisms, and cones. We looked ahead a bit at the end of the session at the how to calculate the surface area and volume of spheres. She also worked on several application problems that had her apply the surface area equations to real world situations."
"The student worked hard again. He is understanding patterns. He is noticing how to apply rules and which rules to apply in given geometric situations. Further, he is sharpening his algebra skills as he becomes comfortable with the types of questions that he is being asked."
"We continued on to chapter 10 in which we covered circles and their parts. (Tangents, secants, diameters, radii.) I taught her how to solve circle problems dealing with tangents and the Pythagorean Theorem. These concepts tested her ability to integrate multiple topics into one solution. She practiced these problems on her own as well and was able to do them without my help. I then reviewed algebra with her to reinforce skills I believe she will need to know to move on with geometry."
"In this session, we practiced finding arc measures and the lengths of secant and tangent lines based on their properties. The student is strong in his mental arithmetic and in his ability to apply various theorems. We discussed a process for writing proofs and developed a graphic organizer for this process."
"The student and I started by going over a variety of basic topics such as molarity, mole conversions, heat/energy, and ionic compounds. I left her with four practice worksheets she can use to prepare for her upcoming test. She seemed like she just needed a refresher for most of this material; she quickly recalled what we were working on and was able to figure out new problems. She benefited the most from our work on heat/energy. She seemed a little unsure as to what all the values in the equation actually represented, but understood the concept when it was explained to her. After working on these concepts we went over some molarity and dilution problems which she is learning now."
"The student has a quiz and test this week on areas of figures. We studied all the formulas and did some example problems for each type. His greatest challenge was remembering all the formulas, so I am having him make flashcards tonight, so he can study the formulas. By writing down all the formulas, and then quizzing himself, he should remember all of the formulas."
"We just went over a few homework problem for geometry today. She didn't have very much material since today was the first day back after spring break, but we worked through a couple circle problems."
"Today the student and I worked on geometry. We continued using different theorems in order to solve for angles, diameter, and arcs. She has an exam coming up this week. She struggled a little with the formulas and the theorems, but after working on multiple problems using the same formulas she was able to easily apply them when needed. Some formulas look similar so I gave her tips on when to use each one and not to confuse them during her exam."
"Today, we did a final review of the circles chapter in preparation for the student's test tomorrow. She really seemed to remember the concepts well, and just needed to memorize the theorems for the test."
"Went through Chapter 10 in preparation for his test tomorrow. Reviewed multiple concepts including area of all polygons, circumference, area of circles, and length of arc calculations. The student was prepared as he had been reviewing and studying. We covered concepts that he was confused on and did some extra practice for every section in general. We completed lots of practice problems and I left him with a formula sheet to review from. A great first session and I look forward to working with him more going forward!"