Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered several approaches for plotting ordered pairs and completing coordinate geometry problems. Additionally, we reviewed strategies for solving probability and percent related word problems. Generally speaking, he worked extremely focused and diligently--thus, we covered a great deal of material/practice problems."
"We worked on determining the area of a trapezoid. He understands how to solve the problem but gets a little confused when the trapezoid needs to be rotated. After I told him to focus on the parallel lines, he understood the problems fine."
"The student is still working on the chapter on right triangles and trigonometry, so I gave him practice problems reviewing different topics of the chapter and additional problems on the trigonometry section, since this information is still new to him. He also needed extra support in using inverse trigonometric functions, so I reviewed them with him and gave him a couple of problems to work on."
"We worked on algebra, focusing on solving for "x" and checking the work by plugging in the answer to the equation. I tried to look forward, exploring balancing an equation with multiple exponents. I am trying to approach new subjects before he sees them in school. It seems that he still struggles with subtracting a negative, and loses track of negative integers in problems. This back and forth between subtracting a negative from a negative is something I will work to reinforce. He claimed not to have any science or language arts assignments to work on, but said he has to pick out a book to read for school. I suggested "Animal Farm", briefly discussed its premise, the concept of an allegory, and I assigned two questions on the reading."
"Today, we worked on graphing inequalities. I went over some strategies for quickly evaluating how graphs are shifted and stretched from their base forms. Graphing was definitely the hardest part for the student, she has not done much in the past. The topic was tricky, but the student did well. I'm happy with our progress."
"Our session today was used to prepare for the student's geometry test this coming Friday. He has just started doing trigonometry in the class, so I started with a basic explanation of the trigonometric functions (sine, cosine, tangent) and the Pythagorean theorem with right triangles. We then worked through a couple of problems on the review page in his math textbook. The problems dealt with finding a missing side or angle of a right triangle given certain information to begin with. We also discussed the concept of inverse trigonometric functions which are used to find an angle when given a ratio of side lengths. We worked through a few more problems, then I ended with a basic discussion of what information to focus on/ use in the types of problems he is likely to see."