Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is still struggling with basic concepts we have covered from past chapters. While I recommend the memorization of formulas, I strongly urge her to analyze which formulas are used and for what purpose. she seems to have trouble with visuals that aren't identical to problems done previously. I've been asking her to teach me concepts of formulas and draw original examples for me so as to fill any gaps."
"Concepts covered: volume of prisms, including a general method for calculating the volume of any prism based on the area of the base; calculating the area of a sector, including a general method based on ratios and known formulae for the area and circumference of a circle; the Ruler Postulate and its use in finding an unknown point on a line given a relation to a known point; absolute value problems; backsolving; angles of depression; similarity and congruence; right triangle trig formulae (SOHCAHTOA) and their inverses; methods of proof; linear equations and deriving parallel and perpendicular lines; Pythagorean triples; transformations. The student is comfortable manipulating algebraic expressions in multiple ways and trying different approaches until he solves the problem. Before our next session, the student will continue to work on the practice assessment."
"The student and I met up to go over more probability problems. She is definitely on top of everything that we went over together. She is quick-thinking and can work through the problems easily. I will be bringing in some problems and notes that might help her with some of the details and fundamentals that might be a bit tricky on test day."
"We looked through the student's homework which consisted of using the point-line distance formula to find missing values."
"I worked with the student on constructions using triangles. We were given a triangle and constructed the incenter and the circumcenter of the triangle. I taught her the difference between them: the incenter in the center of the largest circle that can inscribed in the triangle and the circumcenter is the center of the largest circle that the triangle can be inscribed in. We briefly also reviewed lengths of secants, tangents, and chords within circles."
"In this session, we reworked some of the problems on the quiz that the student took over the area of regular polygons. Many of these problems provide only a minimal amount of information, which means we have to draw a lot of inferences based on background knowledge from his pictures. At the end of the session, the student was making various connections related to this."