Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Explained the concepts for radius, diameter, chord and secant. Covered all the theorems for chapter 10 and gave some practice problems from textbook for the upcoming test."
"For this session, I introduced myself. I quickly learned that the student wasn't comfortable with polygons at all. Part of this seemed to stem from the fact that she just seemed to memorize equations without knowing the application. We covered calculating the perimeter and area of squares, triangle and circles. While doing this, I showed shortcuts to make it easier as well as provided her ways of viewing the shapes so she can make the problems simple. One such example would be breaking a hexagon or an octagon into triangles and calculating the area of just one triangle and multiplying by however many triangles there are to get the area of the hexagon or octagon. These tips and tricks helped make the problems less intimidating. Along the way, I also covered how to multiply radicals (since she seemed weak in that) and the 45-45-90 and 30-60-90 triangle identities to help with finding the values of the height and base. Overall, the student responded very well to what I was doing, and the mom was quite pleased as well."
"We covered right triangles, Pythagorean Theorem and the formulas of three trigonometric functions, as well as finding an angle given two leg lengths and properties of special triangles."
"The student is studying for his module 5 exam on similar polygons and right triangles. I encourage him to slow down and take the time to draw out the problems rather than grab a calculator and attempt to do everything in his head. Even though he did quite will on the exam, I made sure he understood the problems thoroughly after the exam was over so he wouldn't suffer on the written portion of the test."
"We reviewed for the student's midterm. We worked on the study guide that she was given, and we did test corrections. She was comfortable with most of the material."
"Picking up from where we left off talking about the Pythagorean theorem and the Pythagorean inequality, the student and I continued talking about right triangles, particularly the special right triangles 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 and the relationships between the legs of those triangles and the hypotenuses. We completed the homework over the special right triangles and were able to start the discussion on the tangent relationship in right triangles."