Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over standard equations of parabolas and circles. We went over how to find the vertex or the center. We went over how to find the p that determines where the focus and directrix are located. We went over the distance formula and how to use it to determine the radius of a circle. We went over completing the square and how to graph parabolas and circle's."
"The student and I worked on problems related to various formulas for arc length. It was our first session in the last 2 weeks because of spring break. We will be focusing on Biology in our next session"
"We went over volumes and surface areas of regular solids (spheres, cylinders, cubes, prisms, pyramids, cones). The student does very well in these topics as she properly uses all equations. The problems that were involved multiple solids presented a bit more or a challenge, since she couldn't rely completely on the equations. We went over how to break the problem down to account for every part. We lastly went over similar solids, and how to find the scale factor."
"We went over a review for the student's geometry and chemistry classes. We first went over the geometry chapter, and did multiple practice problems from the textbook, in order to prepare for an upcoming test. The student struggled with some of the inscribed angle theorems, but we managed to get through the problems. We also went over limiting reactant problems, and stoichiometry in the student's chemistry class. Overall, the student seemed to understand the material we went over."
"The student worked some problems involving volume of specific shapes. He seemed unsure at the start, but once he was going with the problems he didn't have any problems solving them. After this, we continued our practice with factoring but this time we added more negative numbers to the mix and some more difficult coefficients with multiple factors. He immediately started listing the factors and we talked about how to compare the two lists and he used that information to factor the polynomial quite quickly. He's really improving in speed, accuracy, and confidence with these factoring problems."
"We went over the student's homework that included finding line segments created by tangents, chords, and secants. There were also questions on the homework that regarded finding the arc and angle degrees. I have noticed that he does not like to show all of his work. He does a lot of mental math. I am trying to get him to show most of work because I want him to become prepared for the state exam at the end of the year. He still has to become more comfortable with factoring skills and simplifying radicals."
"The student and I worked on her homework for Chapter 10.3. This section focused on circles and inscribed angles. She had a strong understanding of the simpler problems and we worked together on the more complex problems. We also reviewed a worksheet she had done in class from the previous section because she had some questions. She re-worked the majority of the problems, and then we reviewed problems from sections 10.1-10.3 in the book. She knows the theorems and geometry but struggles if complex algebra is involved in solving the problem. Today, we reviewed using the substitution method and addition/subtraction to solve equations with 2 variables."
"The student and I went over the review homework for his upcoming geometry test concerning transformations. He seems to have a very strong grasp of the material overall. The transformations that he found the most challenging were the rotations, especially 90 degree rotations, but he seemed to improve after working several examples. We discussed the importance of carefully graphing points in order to determine the coordinates of the transformations. We also drew connections between linear shifts and vectors."
"We mainly covered problems based on completing the square, involving both completing the square and finding the value of x. Besides some algebraic difficulty involving adding fractions, he showed great command over the concepts."
"Today we covered Ch 12 for his quiz tomorrow and test next Tuesday. The chapter is about surface area and volume of prisms, cylinders, pyramids, and cones. The majority of the test will be over applying equations to find lateral area, surface area, and volume. The student did well on practice problems. As long as he writes down each step on paper, I have no doubt that he will succeed. I left him with some additional practice to be completed before his test next week."
"The student and I worked on her three lessons from school. We covered surface area and volume of 3D solids. Once she got going with the formulas, she did very well! She's also been really working hard to improve her language usage. I'm impressed! Well done!"
"In preparation for a quiz, the student and I briefly reviewed 11.1-11.3 (the majority of this material was covered during our last Sunday session). I then spent the remainder of our time introducing 11.4 (angle measures and segments lengths). His geometry teacher has broken this section into several different lessons/days due the amount of content and theorems. The student and I made it through the entire section. He also completed the relevant homework materials that were due for 11.4."