Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed for the student's upcoming test. The student was able to apply the theorems that she has learned previously to help her solve the proofs. We discussed the hints that the teacher had provided."
"Completed homework involving 2-column proofs. Worked 4 problems that were rather involved 8-12 step proofs. This is usually the hardest part of geometry for most students. The student seemed to grasp it quite well. Secret to these proofs is marking given info on the diagram and marking any additional info you can derive from that info. After proofs, reviewed problems for her quiz tomorrow on quadrilaterals, rectangles, squares, and rhombuses."
"The student has a geometry test coming up this Friday and he said it was the subject he was currently least comfortable with, so we focused on that during this session. We went over strategies for finding angles given intersecting lines and triangles. His attitude was somewhat positive towards the subject and he seemed satisfied when he understood a way to solve a problem more quickly. He seemed to grasp concepts very quickly and easily when explained to him. I encouraged him to review the concepts we went over several more times before his test Friday. I think he will do very well on it if he reviews the material."
"Worked to prepare student for upcoming test tomorrow. Reviewed material in chapter for similarity of polygons, including triangles. Did several problems together from his review assignment. Student did pretty well. Student said he felt pretty confident about the test."
"The student is currently working on calculating areas and perimeters, both of standard shapes and not-so-standard ones. She does very well with them, especially with her use of the concept of dividing a shape into parts and calculating their areas separately. I would say she is slightly stronger with area than with perimeter. We worked on using ratios to calculate these measurements (for problems where a circle, for instance, is divided into sectors). Her attitude was positive and that of one who wants to learn, as always."
"In this session the student and I worked through finding the total degree measurements of the exterior angles of polygons. Since he was not at school I had to teach the topic to him but he grasped it well. He still needs a little work on combining all the numerous theorems, postulates, and rules he's learned in order to identify and solve out for all the angle measurements he needs but this skill will come with time and practice."
"- The student and I worked on volume of cylinders, spheres, pyramids, cones, and triangular prism. - The student did very well with the material. She needs to know the 5 essential formulas for her quiz. - We covered a lot of material and were productive."
"We completed his review packet and went over his quizzes from the chapter correcting his mistakes so that he knew how to work each problem. We then went over some test taking strategies to help him over come some of the test taking anxiety he has been having with testing in this class."
"We reviewed problems for his test and covered right triangles, trig functions and the Pythagorean theorem. The student has a good handle on the concepts. We also spent some time drilling for his geography test."
"The student and I worked on her basic understanding of trig functions and their inverses. She has a very solid conceptual understanding and was able to quickly complete her homework covering this topic. We also discussed the Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines. Since her foundation was also very solid on this topic, I gave the student some strategies for saving time in calculation, including ways in which to set up the ratios for problem solving that allows for skipping steps. I gave the student modular arithmetic techniques for error-checking her work. We finished the session with a quick lesson on the practical uses of simple estimation using powers of 10, including estimating the number of piano tuners in Chicago and particles in the observable universe."
"This session we reviewed a bit of the basics of factoring and then I taught him how to factor quadratic expressions by grouping. In addition, I also taught him to how to factor quadratic expressions using the "box" method."
"Discussed properties of ratios and proportions. Examined how to set up and write ratios. Looked at relationship between ratios and proportions. Tried word problems to see understanding. Will follow up with more questions to check for progress on understanding proportions."