Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a test last Friday. She said she thought it went well, much better than it would have had she not had tutoring last week. This week, we worked on her new chapter, which is on finding area of regular polygons and irregular triangles. She seemed to understand the concepts after I explained them to her. I think it is good that she will have a tutor for the entirety of this chapter, instead of starting a couple days prior to the test. This will hopefully prevent her from falling behind in this unit."
"The student is working through the chapter on area. Her homework this week covered the area of trapezoids, kites, and rhombuses. The first part of the homework involved using formulas and setting up problems to solve for missing dimensions. The second involved solving for dimensions that were indirectly related to the dimension needed to find the area, and then using that information to calculate the area of a rhombus or kite. She is showing great understanding of the material and has no trouble setting up problems and solving them."
"We mainly studied geometry. We covered circles and learned how to use the proportion of a circle to find the area of shaded portions and the lengths of the arcs of the circle based on the circumference and proportions. We also covered the physical science topics of color pigments and light."
"This session the student and I focused our discussion on parallelograms. We went through her previous test and addressed what the fundamental issue behind each wrong question was, illustrated the congruence relationships for each shape and provided a logical justification for those relationships using the basic angle relationships she learned earlier in the course. I also gave her a few testing tips on how to avoid test stress, and how to check your work after you've completed a problem. I left her to correct a few incorrect problems on the test on her own to be reviewed next session."
"The student continues to learn very quickly. Today we discussed how to prove triangles congruent and the reasons behind the ASA, SAS, AAS, and SSS postulates for proving triangles congruent. I will be sending him lots of practice for when we meet again."
"The student has a test this week on surface area and volume. We worked on some review problems. Her biggest issue right now is time management and finishing tests in the allotted time. We discussed some new strategies to try for this test including writing out the formula and substituting in the values before entering it into the calculator. This will hopefully help her from having to re-enter the same info more than one time. She also has flash cards to help with the formulas."