Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the student's recent chapter involving circles. We went through the student's entire chapter and took notes for a class assignment. We covered arcs, secants, tangents, chords, circumference, and area, as well as multiple theorems in the chapter dealing with inscribed angles and chord lengths. Overall, the student seemed to understand the material very well."
"Topics covered include naming lines, segments and rays, distance formula, the Pythagorean theorem, and working with square roots and exponents. The student gained a better understanding of how to use and solve problems with both formulas. Homework problems were left for the student, and we have decided to start at the beginning of the geometry book and work through it."
"Today we reviewed the concept of reflection. We finished the homework for this section early, and went on to review work in advance for the translation section coming up next in the student's class. He did well with these concepts and we are planning to meet again early next week before his test on the subject."
"The student and I continued our exposition into 3-d figures (spheres, cylinders, cones, cubes, pyramids, et. al.), which is what his coursework pertained to. His work focused most specifically on problems involving area calculations of "special" spherical figures and cones. It was important that he memorize and understand every related formula in order to succeed on his coming quizzes, and I'm confident in his grasp of the subject after our session. The student also mentioned that he did well on his recent test which involved the material covered in our previous session, a nod that we're moving in the right direction."
"The student has a test on Lateral Area, Surface Area, Volumes of Prisms, Cylinders, Pyramids, Cones, Spheres, and Hemispheres. He had equations for all of them that he can write on a note card and take into a test. He had trouble with the Surface Area of combined shapes, so we practiced writing equations for those from scratch."
"The student and I began reviewing for her geometry final, starting with Chapter 5 and special segments in triangles, medians, angle/perpendicular bisectors, altitudes, circumcenter, incenter, orthocenter, centroid, similarity in triangles, triangle inequality theorem, Pythagorean inequality, and similar polygons."
"Today we began by working through the student's homework which consisted of geometry problems. We covered planes of symmetry and how polynomials can be expressed through rectangular shapes. He mentioned that he was having a quiz on Friday so we decided to review volumes and surface areas of cylinders, cones, and pyramids."
"It was fun meeting the student today. We worked on his geometry homework, section 9.1, for an hour. He had a very good grasp of the concepts once we started working. He seemed to need help starting each problem and then assurance that his work was correct. He definitely understood all of the necessary concepts and wrong answers mainly came from small mistakes."
"I am continuing to review material for the final exam with the student. We are answering problems similar to ones that she had from early on in the school year and are able to use methods learned later in the year to solve them in a different way. Once she sets everything up, she does a great job getting to the answer. Writing down her thought process step by step and slowly thinking about all possible solutions will help her get to the answer quickly."
"During this session the student and I went through another two exams. We will continue to practice the concepts of orthocenter, circumcenter, incenter, and centroid. However, as long as she makes sure to check her work, she should do very well on this exam. As this was our last session, I would like to say that it has been a pleasure working with her."
"Helped prepare the student for his next test. The aims were to, by using a compass and straight-edge, draw bisectors, perpendicular lines, parallel lines, and recreate angles and triangles. He was sketching the solutions pretty well. We covered everything twice, until he said he felt confident with all of it."
"The student has worked through almost half of his final exam review in class (the class will continue to work through it until the exam). During this session, we discussed a couple of topics that have been giving him difficulty on the review so far: altitude of a right triangle, basic right triangle trig problems, and the Law of Sines. For the first, I explained to him how to sketch the three similar triangles created when an altitude is drawn in a right triangle, then create a proportion. For the second, I gave him a step-by-step procedure for all unknown side (sin, cos, tan) and unknown angle problems. For the third, I showed him how to tell if a problem calls for the Law of Sines. Afterward, we ventured forward into some circle concepts (inscribed angle, arc length, and sector area, especially)."