Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the topic of circles. I taught the student a couple of tricks for approaching various area of circle problems, and we went over some homework problems together. There were a couple of interesting problems that required the drawing of inscribed and circumscribed circles in a square and a triangle. I taught her how to do that using the properties of these shapes. I also covered new concepts on the perimeter of a circle and the area of a sector, which would be taught in her class in the coming week. In the remaining time we had, I had her work on some law of sine and law of cosine problems as a review. Through this extra practice, I was able to help her avoid making unjustified assumptions when solving geometry problems."
"In this session we worked on learning how to find the surface area and volume of pyramids, prisms, cones, cylinders, and spheres. The student has a test coming up on Friday so the primary focus was helping him learn how to not only memorize the formulas for each shape, but understand what the different parts of each formula meant in order to aid in recall of the formulas on testing day. His biggest challenge was not knowing the formulas, but after practicing using them a few times and quizzing him on them throughout the session, he seemed to know them well."
"The student was on spring break this week and was given a large packet of questions that he needed to complete. He slowly worked through these questions while I made sure that he understood the concepts needed and the method used to solve the problems."
"We went over property of tangent, identifying the tangent segment. We used the Pythagorean theorem to show that a line is tangent to a circle. I explain how to do the Pythagorean theorem, and also how to find the square root of a number. In order to prove that two tangent segments were congruent, the student had to solve algebraic equations. We reviewed how to solve them, and also the rules to adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing positive and negative numbers. Once I explained the work, she understood and had no issues doing the work on her own."
"The student scored a 95% on her last geometry quiz. This is definitely a big win, and I can already see her confidence towards the material changing. Today we worked through the problems she was struggling with in math. The problems dealt with complex 3D figures and calculating lateral and surface areas. Her understanding of the material has greatly improved, and she is able to do most problems on her own."
"Today we spent the first hour reviewing for the student's chemistry midterm which is tomorrow. She was mainly concerned with unit conversions and atomic theory. She completed practice questions and then we went over what she struggled on. In atomic theory, I explained how ions differ from atoms, how mixtures differ from compounds, and how electrons affect the charge of an ion. I then had her correct her own mistakes on the practice questions. She did better on the unit conversions than she expected but struggled with half reactions, so we reviewed those. For the remaining 45 minutes she worked on Algebra 2 homework corrections. Her homework was on graphing radical equations and she struggled to simplify equations until they were in a form that could easily be translated into a graph. After we reviewed the topic using examples from the textbook, she was able to make the necessary corrections. Her Algebra 2 midterm is on Thursday."