Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we worked through everything that the student has done with circles and arcs in her class in preparation for her test tomorrow. She did very well with getting through about half of the study guide on her own before I got there. There were only a few issues that she had, which were mostly things that she couldn't remember how to do on her own, but easily remembered once reminded of them. She is doing very well and has improved dramatically in her math skills over this year."
"The student and I went over his makeup homework assignments over the similarity chapter. Some examples of the topics that we went over are similarity statements, ratios and proportions, and similar polygons."
"The student and I went through new homework problems and concepts involving circles and tangencies of lines passing by them, most often used to pull right triangles out in order to solve for sides represented as important distances. We worked a few specific problems and he solved them well, understanding the concept of how to see the triangles within the circular diagrams, and utilizing the Pythagorean theorem to solve for lengths highlighted. He has a test next Tuesday and feels confident so far about being ready to score well on it."
"We went over an extra credit assignment involving constructions of circles and triangles, as well as a homework assignment involving finding sides of a triangle using triangle rules."
"This was the student's 3rd geometry tutoring session. Again, it was very successful. Our main focus was completing a mini-project on circles. There were about 10 specific tasks that he had to do; a rubric was supplied to be clear about the grading system for this project. First, he had to use a compass to draw a circle on a coordinate plane, but the rules said the center could not be the origin. He labeled the points along the circle and the center of the circle with capital letters. Next, he had to write the equation of his drawn circle. From there, he had to use a ruler to draw in a central angle and an inscribed angle. He then used a protractor to measure these angles, verifying that the central angle is twice the measure of the inscribed angle. He had to use the distance formula to find the diameter. He had to find the circumference and area of the circle, then find the arc length and area of the sector created by his central angle. This project gave him practice using different geometry tools, drawing neatly and clearly, and taking accurate measurements. This project also was eye-opening when he realized that the inscribed angle was always going to be half the measure of the central angle, regardless of where he plotted this point along the circle. He took pride in doing a great job with this project, keeping his lines straight with a ruler, showing all his calculations in a neat and organized way, and erasing neatly when necessary. Spectacular work! The last half hour of the session was spent on reviewing his history notes in preparation for Thursday's assessment. He seems to learn best when he can "talk it out" so that it makes sense in his mind. He had a good handle on most of the facts and details that were in his notebook. He said that he would have an opportunity to review his notes one or two more times before the history test. Moving forward, we will focus on improving his outlining skills so that his notes can be fully optimized when studying. We will also stay one section ahead in geometry so he ill can remain confident when learning new concepts in class."
"This session with the student was focused on Biology and Geometry. In geometry we worked trigonometry, with basic sine, cosine and tangent relationships in a triangle and in biology, we worked on mitosis as well as some cellular respiration. I think she is pretty solid on the cellular respiration cycles. We did some additional practice worksheets and I think she is in good shape there. With geometry she definitely has the process done but sometimes she rushes and mixes them up but with a little practice I think she will be fine."