Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In our session, the student and I continued covering trigonometry. We starting by doing some review exercises from last session. She remembered everything! Then we talked about what to do when asked about something other than an acute angle. We discussed the utility of reference angles and how to use them to solve problems that ask about points in quadrants other than quadrant I. She picked this up quickly and was able to solve these problems without a hitch. We then talked about how to solve right triangles when given either a side and an angle or two sides. At first it was difficult for her to understand how to set up these kinds of problems, but after some practice, she understood it well. The confusing part for her was that there is not just one correct way to set up these problems and solve for an angle or side, so you just have to pick the way that you want to do it and make sure that it's set up correctly. Once she understood that, the problems became much easier for her. We then applied these concepts to solving isosceles triangles. In the beginning she wasn't sure how to use trigonometry to solve these problems, but once she understood how to break an isosceles triangle into two right triangles, she was able to solve these problems correctly. I think so far she has a very good grasp of the material!"
"Student and I went over a math test that she received a poor grade on. It consisted of multiplying, dividing, adding, and subtracting decimals. We also worked on some word problems. I gave her mom a reference to a website that I've found to be very beneficial for students struggling in math. I felt the session went very well."
"Today we reviewed for his test tomorrow. He understands the concepts well. The problem I see for the test tomorrow is knowing which direction to go in order to create common denominators, because we have only met twice with heavy work on simplifying complex fractions and adding them together. He also might have some issues recognizing when he can simplify a fraction more."
"We covered writing inequalities from word problems since this is something she is struggling with. Then we transitioned to working on some of the basic concepts that she is still having trouble with including order of operations, distribution, adding and subtracting with signed numbers and basic word problems. As usual, her attitude was great and eager. She is a real pleasure to work with and we have identified sources of error in her work."
"We went through the student's homework together, which was about volume and surface area of 3 dimensional objects. We also reviewed flash cards for this. Giving him several problems to solve and solving them together during our session is helping a lot. Also, flash cards where possible helps as well."
"As this was my first time meeting with the student, I spoke to him for the first ten minutes just to get to know him. During our hour and a half together, we discussed his organizational and study habits, inequalities and fractions, and his specific difficulties with each. We reviewed some exercises he was given for homework in order to help him prepare for a quiz this coming Tuesday. At the end of the session, I emailed his teacher to let her know what we covered and posed two suggestions that I believe would assist the student both inside and outside the classroom."