Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I put together a few important trigonometry concepts as an introduction, and we went over some examples to show how they apply. I went over a unit circle, sin cos tan, law of sines, law of cosines, CPCTC, and radians/degrees. The student said she was struggling with proofs so we talked about some of the misunderstood concepts. She is very quiet but very smart. She just needs some direction to succeed in this class."
"The student returned from spring break this week, so we worked on her new units in both biology and geometry. We went over the foundations of evolution for biology and began work with trigonometric functions for geometry. Both subjects start off kind of slow, but I think she will definitely do great and get more excited about them as they go along!"
"Today we moved on to pyramids and cones, their surface area and volume. Once we established a technique for dealing with them, everything fell into place. The technique we used was to write down the formula that is mentioned in the question, plug in everything we are given, and then solve for what is left. A very straightforward technique that the student had no problems with. The student is getting better at visualizing two dimensional shapes, but still has an issue with three dimensional rotations of two dimensional objects. We will continue our work on this next week."
"We covered areas of unusual shapes. The student was struggling with the basic concepts of and was not able to understand the path to solution. He had a great attitude and worked very hard. We worked two problems and I exposed him to units and ratios. As he understood the basic concepts he began to see how the problems were to be solved. He will continue to work the 2D problems to improve his understanding. He has already seen how these problem types are solved and is well on his way in getting a much better understanding."
"I covered with the student the final section of a geometry review packet based on ratios, unit rates, and proportions. I also gave her extra practice on finding missing angles in triangles and quadrilaterals. She has improved considerably in her math skills. Her grades have improved, She is more confident; and she is also appreciative of the help that she is getting from tutoring."
"We briefly touched on solving sides and angles of different shapes, but we mostly covered surface area and volume of 3 dimensional shapes (base area, lateral areas, etc.). The student is doing well in understanding the logic of the material."