Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued volume of different 3-D figures. We covered cones, truncated cones, cylinders, and hemispheres. We went over a lot of material. The student had a solid understanding of most of the material. I gave her homework to collect all of her quarter grades and the remaining grades for the quarter so we can track her final grade point by point"
"The student brought her test on special triangles to session. She did not upload this, and I did not see specifics, but she said her errors were caused by her confusion that all items on the test were about the two kinds of special triangles, so she had attempted to "read into" items that only required Pythagorean Theorem. She then asked about homework on angles of elevation and depression. We discussed these and spent time setting up sketches to help answer these word problems. We then used the basic geometry diagnostic test to review and clarify previous geometry concepts."
"We discussed two areas of the student's concern: area of similar polygons and sector areas of circles. After my explanation, he understood the concepts. We then worked a few problems, and he mastered both concerns. I showed him the best way to present his work for his teacher. We discussed unit conversions and did two problems requiring that skill. After a discussion with his father, we determined to integrate SAT prep and Algebra II into the sessions."
"The student was given a lot of homework today and asked to extend the session in order to review it together. She is wrapping up her unit on factoring quadratic equations, and today she had homework on completing the square and the quadratic formula. Coming into the session, she was confused about when to use what method of factoring, and she needed help when using completing the square on complex equations. By the end, she was able to determine when to use which factor method and completed the square with ease. She left the session feeling very confident in her factoring abilities."
"For this session the student needed to review how to factor quadratics with a leading coefficient. First I helped her recall how to factor simpler types of quadratics; then I slowly explained the method for factoring quadratics with a leading coefficients and made a couple of problems to slowly work out step by step in detail, then guided her through a few more problems, and then started having her solve them with minimal help, then with none. By the end of our session she was able to deal with these problems quickly and efficiently."
"We spent most of our time today focused on the right triangle altitude theorem as the student did not initially understand this very well. I showed her how to view the right triangles to match up the corresponding sides and how to set up equations in order to solve for missing lengths. We did many practice problems together, and she was understanding the concept much more confidently by the end of the session. We also briefly touched upon Pythagorean theorem as she had one homework question she wasn't able to puzzle out without it. I also then showed her how the Pythagorean theorem is applied to find the distance between two points on a line in an x-y coordinate system. I also taught her about 45-45-90 triangles and 30-60-90 triangles."