Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a test on some new material tomorrow, so we moved this session up a day to help him prepare. It was a lot of information about theorems on circles, angles and lengths of arcs, chords, secants, and tangents. We went over all the rules in his review packet, filling in a few he missed in class, and worked on the practice problems. At the end, I urged him to keep looking over the rules and review the sample proofs his teacher had written out in the end of the packet."
"The student has moved on to multiplying and dividing exponents, which she is really good at and needed very little help with. The section on solving for inequalities gave her a bit more trouble, but we did several practice problems together and when she separates a series of inequalities into several individual ones, she is able to solve for them quite well. The only concept she needed a bit more coaching on was how to interpret "and" or "or" statements between equations and how that could affect the answer set"
"The student and I went over her Geometry homework on circles, specifically the standard equation for circles, graphing circles, and again working with arc length. Her teacher assigned quite a large amount of homework, so we were unable to complete it all during our session. She did well on what we did get through and said she felt comfortable finishing the rest of her Geometry homework on her own."
"In preparation for a test on proofs/congruent polygons, we reviewed the material the student had thus far covered in class. To do this, we went over old homework, as well as practice problems from her textbook/teacher."
"The student and I worked with the laws of sines and cosines today in preparation for his test next week. He was a little bit shaky at first, but with some extra practice was alright. Good job today!"
"Today we worked on the standard equation of a circle and did some algebra review of polynomial expressions, powers, and radicals. The student is doing well with geometry concepts, so we are planning more algebra review to help him with application."
"The student's class is doing dilations from centers of dilation, a topic he has struggled with. I began by showing him the basic procedure of drawing a line segment from the center of dilation to each vertex of the figure, then extending or shortening the segment according to the scale factor. Then I explained how he could use the concept of slope to graph dilations on the coordinate plane and illustrated with an example. I made a step-by-step sheet of notes for him to follow in performing any dilation on the coordinate plane, then gave him a few to practice with."
"We covered the student's AP review packet as well as the sections in the new chapter for her test next week. Every time we study something I feel that she understands the material."
"During this session, surface area of 3D objects were reviewed, and the new topic of finding the volume of 3D objects was started. Overall, the student is doing well, as seen in his previous quiz where the student achieved an A."
"The student is really struggling in geometry, making a high D currently. He is working on his circle units. As I tried to give him sample problems, I realized that he does not retain concepts from earlier textbook sections. This leads to the student mixing up concepts. I also observed that the student is likely to use trial-by-error instead of algebraic problem solving. By the end of the session, I think he had a much better grasp of the content around circles, but it will be absolutely critical for him to review geometry regularly."
"The student worked on her geometry homework during this session. These problems focused once again on surface areas and volumes of different 3D prisms."
"We practiced questions that gave her problems. These questions pertained to the use of theorems of circles such as tangents and secants. She has an exam on Tuesday and will be practicing more of these questions over the next two days."