Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on his homework involving 3d solids, in which we had to find the surface area and the volume. Most of the solids were composed of hemispheres and cylinders, but there were ones that had cones, and pyramids. Student knew all of the equations and formulas for the problem. He did a better job breaking up the solids into more manageable parts."
"Today we went over chapter 10 for his upcoming test. Once we got into the session the student began working quickly and successfully. About half way through, he started working alone on a review and getting every answer correct. I tried to provide minimal guidance through much of the session. At the end of the lesson, he had the material mastered, but I left him several worksheets to give him practice, and to ensure he will be able to recall the information on test day."
"The student has a retake test coming up so we just reviewed for that. We went over simplifications of various expressions, some were fractions, and some contained multiple terms. We talked about how multiplied exponents add while exponents raised to a power multiply. We went over the ways to cancel out the imaginary component i by noting i^2 = -1 and i^4=1. We went over negative exponents and how to flip them over from the numerator to the denominator or from the denominator to the numerator in order to get rid of the negative power."
"The student and I went over concepts of probability for her upcoming test. We then went over previous concepts that will appear on her test (triangle congruence proofs, simplifying radical expressions, and quadratics). We talked about her most recent exam."
"The student didn't actually have too many questions except for the most recent content: Conic sections. So far, she had only begun to work on parabolas (an extension of quadratic equations). We were quickly able to help her both use equations to graph graphs, and use graphs to create equations. We defined the distinct functions in general as well as some new vocabulary like focus and directerix. We focused on completing the square as it was giving her a bit of trouble. We finished the session by covering the other conics which will hopefully give her a bit of a head start."
"For today's session, we worked mostly on equations of a line. Specifically, we focused on standard form and slope intercept form. We came to the derivation of each and showed the relationships associated with both of them line forms. I had him take questions in the book and work them back to the equations based on a given slope and point. Finally, we finished with parallel and perpendicular lines. The student had a little trouble with the concept at first, but as we progressed, he picked it up faster and faster. He was able to go back and forth by the end and reason it out correctly."
"I met with the student for the first time today to go over some of the issues he has been having in geometry. He recently got a test back that he had done poorly on, so we started by doing test corrections for that. The test focused on area and surface area for different shapes. We went through his notes and found a list of area formulas that he needed to know. We also took a look at his current assignment which focused on the Pythagorean theorem, and he was not having trouble with that."
"For this session we covered geometric mean and applications of the Pythagorean theorem. There are no concerns for the session."
"The student has not had school this week and therefore I had no new material to review. I anticipated this would be the case and brought some more application problems and some more challenging problems, most of which pertained to the material we covered last week, area. For the most part, she was able to solve the problems fairly easily, and when she was unsure she was quick to follow once I pointed her in the right direction."
"Went over factoring: trinomials, GCF and difference of squares. Also reviewed 2 factoring quizzes that the student took that did not go well. Stressed to him the importance of letting his parents know if he doesn't understand something. Left them with some online resources for further practice."
"During this session, the student and I finished her review packet for her test. We went over 45-45-90 triangles and 30-60-90 triangles, as well as triangle classification, some relevant vocabulary, and word problems. We did a lot of practice with the special triangles, especially cases that required some manipulation in order to pull out a radical 2 or radical 3. She had been feeling uncomfortable with radicals, so we also did a lot of practice simplifying, combining, and distributing them until she felt confident. She had also struggled with the word problems in her packet, which generally required her to draw a right triangle with the appropriate dimensions and solve for one of the sides. However, she was having difficulty assigning the dimensions, so we discussed key words to look for, as well as different scenarios that might require a right triangle. By the end of the session, she felt very confident and prepared."
"Good news for the student: not only did he pass the recent quiz we prepared for last time (77!), but he also passed his first exam in a long time. He continues to show improvement as we work together and now has a decent chance of passing Geometry for the 3rd quarter. Tonight's session was used to go over his recent test, reviewing questions and concepts he lost points on; working to complete his latest worksheets for the newest topics; and practicing coordinate Geometry concepts to firm up his foundation."