Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed homework covering surface area and volume. We used height, slant height, perimeter, base, area of the base, pyramids, cylinders."
"The student got over a 100 on her most recent geometry test! She understood the concepts very well and applied the tricks we learned during tutoring sessions. We began previewing for her next chapter, which covers fundamental knowledge and was not hard for her to understand. We also reviewed her pre-AP packet, which contained some challenging questions. I observed that the student could use a bit more practice on algebra topics, such as quadratic equations and simplifying expressions. I will bring algebra practice materials for our next session, since she will need a good algebra background for next year's algebra 2."
"Student's teacher communicated that the focus for the test should be on chapters 1-6 and 11-18, due to time constraints. We covered chapters 1-5 in the study book during this session. This included geometric theorems and postulates, transformations/reflections and rotations of shapes, introductory trigonometry, and solving problems with trigonometry/Pythagorean theorem/geometric equations for area/volume. Of the chapters completed, three were review and the remaining two were new material. More time was spent of transformations (chapter four) and trigonometry (chapter five) because I was essentially teaching him the material for the first time. He is able to grasp concepts quickly and apply them relatively well. Yesterday was a long session, so I feel additional practice this week will be helpful for him to make sure he truly understands the concepts. The follow-up work previously completed with the teacher was very effective in developing a high comfort level with factoring. I think some reinforcement sessions again this week would be good so I can definitively say I feel he has a command. Also, he took an exam simplifying complex equations last week in class. He received a 100. This is a significant improvement from his previous exam scores and shows that with some reinforcement he can do very well in this analytic geometry subject area."
"The student and I talked about 3 problems on her homework that dealt with triangles in a coordinate plane. We talked about the usage of the distance formula or the Pythagorean theorem. We also talked about using ratios with triangles to find coordinate points. We spent a lot of time going over how to break down lengths into ratios and then apply them into coordinate points."
"The student is almost completely caught up with the material that she had missed. This evening, she and I worked on classifying quadrilaterals by angle and side characteristics- she did extremely well. After that, we moved to solving problems involving quadrilaterals. She and I also worked on simplifying radical expressions. She had some difficulty initially, but we soon discovered that she had been taught to do far more calculation than was necessary. After showing her an alternate method, she was 100% successful. We ended the session by using our discussion of the edge effect in biology to reinforce critical thinking skills."
"We looked at different area formulas (parallelograms, kites, triangles, n-gons) and how to use them. We used the area formulas to solve word problems. We worked on surface area and the area of parts of a circle. The student understands everything really quickly and is good at using the formulas. We didn't get though all of the problems she had but I think she has a good grasp of most of the concepts."