Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had an exam the next day, so she and I spent our time reviewing the concepts from this chapter. This chapter was the first we've dealt with circles. We reviewed the formulas we'd worked before: formulas involving calculating line lengths involving chords, secants, and tangents in relation to the circles. We reviewed various parts of a circle and definitions of each including: arc, inscribe angle, central angle, radius, circumference, diameter, etc. We worked our way to finding arc lengths using various properties. We also worked a few sample problems involving finding the area of a portion of a circle. Lastly, we reviewed how to convert an arc length into radians. I think she will do just fine on her exam."
"The student and I started the next section in her class dealing with probability, paragraph proofs, and word problems. She did well with most of the concepts and we just had to focus more on the word problems which involved working through what's given and using geometric techniques for solving them. No concerns with this session."
"The student continued her studies of quadratic functions, this time moving into the study of quadratic inequalities. As time went on, she started to get it which was great! We then finished the session by reviewing factoring quadratics. I gave her a new method which I recently learned that works pretty flawlessly for most quadratics and then we practiced that. She should do great."
"The student's geometry class is finally studying the section on trigonometry. Concepts of trigonometry, when first introduced, can often seem a little odd and challenging. I did, though, briefly introduce her to the acronym SOHCAHTOA the night before her class began trigonometry. During our session, she had to fight the tendency to equate sine to "opposite side times hypotenuse" and cosine to "adjacent side times hypotenuse," but really the relationships are quotients, not products. Eventually, I made her practice verbally stating out loud that sine equals opposite divided by hypotenuse, etc. We reviewed a recent homework assignment, where she answered a handful incorrectly. We went over those and by the end of the session, she was much more comfortable in solving trigonometry problems and writing the correct relationships. I taught her how to check her work using her knowledge of special right triangles, which she really seemed to like."
"The student worked on homework covering area of various shapes: triangles, rectangles, parallelograms and circles. We worked out problems that used the equations for area to find various missing elements, like height or length of a shape."
"During this session we went over various proofs dealing with parallel lines and isosceles triangles. Overall this session went well."