Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over some challenging problems her teacher gave her which covered surface areas between two intersecting shapes. We completed those problems, then went over several problems which dealt with finding perimeters after she had already found the areas of a variety of shapes. Lastly, we went over a set of homework problems which covered areas and perimeters, but in word problems, applications, and general graphical problems."
"We continued to refresh on topics that will be covered on her upcoming tests. We then practiced trig word problems. I will be making a formula and theorem sheet for her to review before her test on Monday! She understands all concepts."
"The student and I went over ratios in this session. For the mathematical ones, such as 4/5=x/20, she could do them with ease. With the word problems, however, she had a little more trouble. For some of them, she could pick up after I showed her a couple of times, but the ones that had to do with finding total average speed of a trip."
"We covered interior and exterior angles, properties of parallelograms, and proofs relating congruent triangles to properties of parallelograms. The student often mixed up some of the properties of different parallelograms so she needs to make sure that she memorizes those rules. She also needs to review the different types of angles formed from parallel lines and a transversal (e.g. alternate interior angles). Overall, though she understands the concepts. I wrote all the notes on her notepad. At the next session, I will have her do more practice problems."
"The student is working on a new topic covering sine, cosine, tangent, and using their inverse functions. The general objective is to solve a triangle, meaning to calculate all the sides lengths and angle measures that are not given. She seemed comfortable with prior skills using the Pythagorean theorem and the knowledge that the sum of the three interior angles of a triangle is 180 degrees. She seemed adept at identifying the hypotenuse, opposite, and adjacent sides to a given angle to calculate side lengths and angle measures. We spent our time going through the problems from the book. Next time we meet, we will reinforce these skills with the online practice quizzes."
"We reviewed Ch 8 for the student's test on Monday. He did well with the basic concepts but needed help when asked to apply the same equations in different ways. Once prompted, he was able to remember how to do a problem. In our next lesson we will continue to focus on problem solving to help him recognize when to use certain equations and how one equation can be used in several different ways."