Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She had recently taken a test on the trig identities. We went over polygon characteristics in detail today, reviewing interior angles, exterior angles, and regular polygon concepts. We spent quite some time talking about the different quadrilaterals and properties of each special quadrilateral. The student understood the material today. I also asked her to rewrite notes for the special quadrilaterals in a way she would understand them (with diagrams of each and labeling the properties on the diagrams)."
"Today we worked on the problems that the student had difficulty with on his test. They had to do with similar triangles. We discussed which values to use for the ratio. He now understands. We then discussed how to find the surface area of a cube with a hole drilled through it. After finishing his geometry questions, we proceeded to work on SAT preparation. We worked 15 problems and I left him with a sample test to do with his parents (timed). The student is focused and diligent."
"The student and I had a great session today. The first thirty minutes was dedicated to a comprehensive assignment on chapter 8. The student was able to finish it in 30 minutes with just a few minor questions for me throughout. This is such an improvement from our first meeting. So that was great! The rest of the time, we worked on his current homework, which he understands very well, and went over some of his past material again using more difficult problems. He is doing a great job!"
"Today, we continued reviewing for the student's upcoming final this week. Today's exercises were open-ended rather than multiple choice and covered every aspect of the first 5 chapters. He did very well overall, needing little help in just a few areas. We also reviewed some of the Challenge Problems that he did not receive full credit on. Both he and I feel he is ready."
"The student and I went over his final preparation for his upcoming Geometry exam. The test is Wednesday morning, and he's in the final stretch of preparation. We spent a fair amount of time going over the test strategy, discussing at length the way he would approach the multiple choice, short answer, and proof parts of the test. With an effective strategy, I think he can do extremely well on the test. Then, we reviewed his study guide for the exam and noted the ones he had difficulty with."
"The student and I worked on circles this past week, and we took some time to review all of the most recent chapter to prepare for his test on Monday. He had homework on circles that tested his knowledge of simplifying circle equations to get them in center-radius form. Getting them to this form makes graphing the circle much easier, and the tricks needed to get there can be applied to other types of problems as well. It takes advantage of a technique known as "completing the square." The student had an easy time using this technique. After this, we reviewed some of the trickier parts of the chapter, such as graphing absolute values and working with quadratic equations."