Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on finding the areas of variously partitioned sectors of circles. The student didn't have much trouble with the basic area questions, so I decided to give him a workout and help him think his way through doing several of the problems entirely in his head. I explained that this is an under appreciated math skill which will dramatically improve his memory for mathematical knowledge if he is committed to the practice (and patient with himself). I encouraged him to take notes of important information along the way. He performed quite well on the more complicated shaded regions questions (writing things down again). I provided him with only a few clues, and he was able to see his own way to most of the answers from there. He's catching on quite well. If he continues to push himself as he has been, I expect his fundamentals in all things to improve dramatically. As long as he maintains concentration and practices regularly, I expect him to excel in geometry."
"The student did a good job of remembering what we covered during the previous 3 sessions leading up to his test. We covered everything pertaining to volume and surface area and covered any areas of uncertainty that the student had before his test on Friday. As long as he doesn't get his shapes mixed up, which happened occasionally, he will do just fine on his test."
"Yesterday we reviewed the student's material for the unit so she felt ready for her test on Monday. She is getting the concepts down well, but is in a challenging course so extra practice is needed to get an A. I suggested that she go back through the chapter and try the most challenging questions to prepare for the test. She always brings a good attitude to the sessions and an openness to learning even though Math is not her favorite class. This makes my job much more enjoyable."
"The student and I worked together to fully develop her understanding of truth tables involving inverse, converse, and contrapositive. I was able to show the student some simple examples that enabled her to really grasp the content of the day."
"We worked through 9.1 and 9.2 in the student's geometry textbook. The chapters were regarding area of various geometric figures, triangles, rectangles, rhombus, kite, polygons, etc. The student's biggest challenge was memorizing the formulas for the rhombus, kite, and trapezoid. However, after completing multiple practice problems regarding these topics, he started to become more confident with solving these questions. The questions were tricky because they referred back to the earlier concepts of sine, cosine, tangent, and special triangle rules. With a little guidance, he figured out how to apply those concepts to finding areas of these figures. He received a perfect score in his previous two quizzes, so we know that he has internalized what we've gone through in our sessions."
"Reviewed the student's last examination and went over the methodology of solving the questions. Also, reviewed the homework questions for the new topic of circles and various theorems related to circles."