Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked through the student's review for his test on Tuesday, covering surface areas of cones, pyramids, and prisms. He will do excellently on his test as long as he remembers to include his units!"
"Area of a kite, volume of a cone, volume of a cylinder, volume of a prism. Covered mnemonic device SOHCAHTOA. Student understands volume of a cone and a sphere well."
"The student and I spent the hour covering material from chapter 10. The main focus of this chapter involves solving for surface area/volume of different objects (e.g., prisms/cylinders/pyramids/cones). I started off with a practice problem that focused on breaking down the methodology to finding surface area (breaking shapes up into component sides, finding the areas of the sides and then adding them together). We completed several examples involving prisms and cylinders. This process was made much simpler by introducing generic formulas that can be used for most shapes as long as appropriate interpretation is made (Surface area=Lateral Area+2(base)...or, for pyramids and cones...Surface area=Lateral Area+(base)). We went through a variety of practice problems to refine the student's knowledge and application of these formulas. I plan to work with him again before his exam so we can review these concepts and cover surface area/volume for spheres and other objects. The student also tells me that his class grade is up to a B, which is great news!"
"We continued working on coordinate geometry, specifically equations of lines and circles. She was doing very well and felt comfortable with the material, so we moved on to proofs of congruency for triangles. We went over theorems for Side-Angle-Side, Side-Side-Side, and Angle-Side-Angle, and then applied them to various triangles. We will continue working on these types of proofs during our next session."
"We spent the session going through the book and finding new problems. This did turn out to be a very productive use of time."
"We prepared for the student's upcoming test. I taught her the material from a few sections, and we reviewed other sections. We focused on her retention of the applicable formulas. I have had her write explanations of the differences among the formulas for volume, surface area, and area."