Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Topics: area and perimeter of triangles/squares/rectangles. Today, we focused on irregular polygons. A big shape that, when cut into smaller pieces, is comprised of smaller rectangles, squares, and triangles. We worked on finding the area and perimeter of his main floor in his house. I drew it on paper and labeled everything. I also had him convert a scale from feet to centimeters (80ft = 1 cm). He worked it out with no problems. I also drew him a robot that has only square/rectangle/triangle pieces to it. He was supposed to find the area and perimeter of it. There were no problems there either. I've recently contacted his teacher about his progress in class. He seems to be doing better conceptually."
"We finished the fraction. We started the decimal (that he also started in class last week). He did well, but I want him to get more secure and more confident. I gave his mom a little exercise to complete for next week class. Next week, we will start subtraction and addition of decimal."
"In today's session, we reviewed some material from last time (circles) and then turned to the new topic of ellipses. The student will have a test this upcoming week so we also looked ahead to the next section and talked about the differences between ellipses and hyperbolas. Overall it was a very productive session."
"For most of the session today we worked on her homework assignment for the day. Most of the assignment was multi-step word problems. We focused on practicing reading each part carefully and making sure not to miss anything."
"During this session we covered trig identities and circular functions. We started off looking at how to go about solving problems with them. Things we discussed were: starting on the most complex side and simplifying that side first and if both sides look complex look for things that look out of place, and to not worry if things get more complex before they simplified. We then looked at the general equation for sine functions and what the various coefficients meant. We also discussed which values of sine and cosine you are expected to know during the IB no-calculator test."
"The student and I start work with division. We were introduced to placing an "X" where the correct placement of the starting quotient would be. We worked through her work book on division of simple problems. The student also had a quiz the next day so we started reviewing for her quiz and she was confident she was ready for her quiz."