Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed her homework. She is working on finding the lateral surface area and total surface area of polygons with regular bases and triangular sides. She understands the concepts, but we will work to improve her understanding of shapes in 3D and how the information translates. We will start working together twice per week to prepare for her final."
"The student and I worked on his new math material today. We started with solid shapes and 3-D drawing. He had no problems with these topics. We then moved on to the next section, "lines, planes, and polyhedra." This section included naming polyhedra given the number of sides in the base and naming the face, vertex, and edges of polyhedron. Again, he had no issues. Next, we began the lesson on prisms. We worked on naming prisms, defining whether a prism is right or oblique, and defining the parts of a prism. He seemed to have a grasp on all three of these sections and is showing improvement in his understanding of geometric topics."
"Today we worked through some concepts involving calculating values of areas of circles and sectors, along with circumferences and arc lengths. Again, she exhibited a very strong grasp of the major concepts. Since the student has a test coming up next week, I recommended that she make a study sheet with all of the necessary concepts, and flash cards to help memorize all of the formulas she'll need."
"In this session, the student and I completed a few sets of homework problems for geometry. He was relatively confident in his understanding of problems that are heavily reliant on algebra. I believe that the meeting was productive due to his positive attitude and desire to improve. To aid in problem solving in the future, I wrote down a few key axioms for him to memorize."
"The entirety of this session was spent going over proofs with the student. He had a good grasp of the necessary steps to get from what was given to the desired conclusion, but was having difficulty with the reasoning behind these steps. I slowly went through several simple proofs with him, helping him to understand exactly how each step could be reached from previous steps. By the end of the session, he was able to solve the proofs by himself."
"This was our initial meeting. We went over geometry, with the addition of algebra review as appropriate. At first, the student showed difficulty with developing strategy to develop proofs, but this rapidly improved during the session. This suggests to me that his difficulties at least partially occur due to inexperience with geometric proofs. I explained that proofs are the beginnings of formal logic, which will assist him with his general problem solving. We then started working on subjects he will cover later in the week, such as proofs of right triangles."