Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a test upcoming in geometry class and we were to work on his homework and go over his previous test. He is currently working on circles and how to find the various measurements of their parts. On his previous test he had missed a few problems dealing with solving right triangles. I taught him the SohCahToa method for solving right triangles."
"We went over a study guide the student received for her midterm. The material contained drawing and constructing perpendicular lines, finding volumes of 3-d objects, proving the shape of objects and proving congruent objects using SSS, AA, and SAS Theory."
"The student & I went over a review lesson, doing problems from her text regarding geometric properties utilizing symbols/variables for general expression. This was a difficult topic, as it is for most students at induction into general symbolic representation and algebraic manipulation. We went over how to assign coordinates to points with alphabetical symbols in conjunction with proving conjectures regarding basic shapes (from previous lessons). She easily accommodated basic representation, but struggled slightly with more complicated representations involving the combination of symbols. I did notice that the progress made in critical thinking skills, problem solution strategizing, and continued organization of work on the paper enabled her to more quickly pick up the basics here than without a stronger foundation of those skills."
"I helped the student complete her exam review packet for her geometry final. The student was able to complete most of the problems on her own. When she did have trouble solving a question, she was usually able to figure it out with only gentle reminders on the geometric principles involved. The student told me that her exam will only cover 2nd semester material, yet the packet she was given covers many topics that I remember helping her with 1st semester. These topics were the ones that she had the most difficulty with because they were the least fresh in her memory. I feel confident in the student's understanding of geometry. I suggest she solve more practice problems, especially in 2nd semester material that wasn't very easy for her, like volumes and surface areas of 3d shapes. I think she will be ready for the exam."
"Today was a great session. We worked on circles, sections, and segments. After doing some problems together, we developed a set of rules to follow for these kinds of calculations: calculate everything, label everything VERY precisely, and use proper definitions and calculation methods for sections and segments. Additionally, she got very excited about getting things right, and it's always wonderful to see students getting excited about math."
"The student and I reviewed properties of circles, including angle conversions between degrees and radians, length of arcs, and area or sectors. We practiced multiple problems involving these topics, including visual problems and word problems. We also worked on some problems which incorporated material from the previous semester such as Pythagorean's theorem and trigonometry (SohCahToa). The student never struggles with the basics, and picks up on concepts very quickly. However, given the level of complexity with this topic, she struggles with retaining the information and identifying the steps involved for specific problem types. I have left the student to continue practicing, as this will be her greatest mode for success. We will continue focusing on organizing the material and making it easier to remember."