Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student got her test back and received a 69. We went over the test and the mistakes that she had made. She had the chance to do test corrections which we did to boost the grade. At the end of the session she realized what she did wrong and had a better understanding of that material."
"This was my first session with this student and it went very well. She just started geometry a few weeks ago, so we spent this session going over various types of triangles. We went over acute, obtuse, and equilateral triangles, as well as scalene, isosceles, and right triangles. We also introduced some relevant vocabulary, including hypotenuse, complementary, and supplementary (in terms of angles). In addition to the Pythagorean theorem, we covered some shortcuts for finding side lengths, such as 45-45-90 triangles and 30-60-90 triangles. The student struggled a little bit when it came to 30-60-90 triangles, especially when the longer leg did not have a radical 3 in it. However, once we practiced breaking up the whole numbers to pull out the radical several times, she was much more successful. For her test Wednesday, I left her with all the notes from our session as well as some areas to look out for."
"The student and I reviewed for his upcoming test on Friday about circles. He has memorized most of the important formulas and can apply them correctly for basic rectangles, squares, triangles, and rhombi. His mother said that because of his high grade in chemistry, he has qualified to take AP Environmental Science next year."
"We covered plotting and rotating shapes, both clockwise and counter clockwise 90 degrees and 180 degrees. We reviewed the concept, what the student had done with his Friday tutor, and completed his homework. Before I left the session, I asked him if he had any questions or concerns. He asked a couple questions regarding rotating shapes. I answered the questions, showed him examples, and labeled the coordinates for all the shapes to help him understand. When he felt confident with the information, I closed the session."
"Finished an assessment started a couple weeks ago. Finding missing pieces of information given a table and a pie chart. Areas of hollow rectangles and circles. Finding the number of rotations of a circle given a distance and diameter (and variations using different variables)."
"The student started a unit on probability and combinatorics this week. He had two worksheets that we did on the subject. When we were doing the counting (combinatorics) sheet, I noticed he wasn't really understanding where the formulas were coming from so we backed up and I explained it in a way that made more sense. The rest of the sheet went more smoothly. By the end he had a better handle on the material but we will need to do more with it as the exam comes closer."
"We discussed biology and geometry today. Sections of biology covered were involving evolution and natural selection. The student was very strong in these categories. We also covered geometric properties of volumes of general shapes. The student led the discussion and homework without much intervention from myself."
"Today we went over all of Chapter 11 for the student's test on Friday. We spent extra time on 11.6, finding the areas, perimeters, and apothems of polygons by central angle formula. Then we went over all the other sections in the chapter and she seems to have a firm grasp on all the concepts-- she got a 120% on a section quiz yesterday!"
"The student seems to have gained a lot of confidence in geometry. He is now working with circles and the measures and lengths of angles, chords, and other elements. We went through all his homework and then simulated a short quiz so he can practice a more realistic test taking situation. His grasp of the material is more solid."
"Today, I met with the student to work on solving triangles. He already knew the Pythagorean theorem from our previous meeting, and since then had learned about 45-45-90 and 30-60-90 triangles. We talked about the ratios of the sides, and how if we were given the angles and one of the sides, we could find the other two. The student understood the concepts well, and had little trouble completing the assignment."
"The student had to do test corrections for the test she took last week. After reviewing her work, we found that she had forgotten some formulas needed to solve some problems. These are formulas that, while studying and doing homework, she easily remembers. She can fix these errors by taking her time on the test and writing down the formulas before trying to solve the problems."
"The student just took a quiz on tangent principles of circles and felt comfortable with his performance. Will review any necessary corrections when it is graded and returned. Next we worked on angle measurement principles for tangent lines, chords, and inscribed angles. He has a good grasp of how to evaluate the principles to apply the principles to find the necessary angle arc measurements. We worked through his assigned homework problems and after completing those, worked on additional practice problems I had prepared that build on the concepts to form a system of equations."