Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the focus was on getting the student ready for his Chapter 10 exam this week. We worked through all 60 problems and went over the missed problems on the quizzes. The Chapter Review focuses on 6 areas and they were: radicals, 45-45-90 degree right triangles, 30-60-90 degree right triangles, tangent, sine and cosine, and solving right triangles. He did very well and I feel he is quite ready for his test."
"We worked on the student's review packet for his upcoming test on Wednesday. The topics included using trig to solve for the parts of right triangles. We also specifically went over problems involving special right triangles."
"This was my first session with the student. She seems like a great student, and is currently struggling to understand some geometry concepts. We worked through some homework problems focusing around the areas of similar geometry shapes. The object was to compare the ratio between sides of an object to the ratio of the area of those objects. I tried to reinforce the idea of squaring to solve for area, and finding the square root to get ratio of sides."
"Today the student and I reviewed for her test next Thursday which is on volume, lateral area and surface area of solids. She did very well with the review and homework problems. There were a few mistakes with using the formula and writing the wrong numbers given but I thought she corrected them well and understood the mistakes. The difficulty with this topic is to remember the formulas and there is a bunch of formulas for different solids: pyramid, prism, cone, cylinder, and sphere. She won't be given the formulas in the test, so she has to remember them. I think she just needs to review them before the test and practice doing a couple of application problems. We also went over some proofs just so she is prepared for this in the final exam which would come soon. I gave her a proof packet which she can do when she is free for practice. As always, she does a great job during the session and works very hard doing the problems. It's always a joy tutoring her."
"We reviewed the student's assignment on finding the area of regular polygons. We also deciphered data the student's physics teacher had given for an electrostatics lab, and we discussed how to graph it. We discussed the nature of inverse square laws and how they apply to charged particles and gravity."
"Today the student and I worked on problems involving circles and arcs. We began by just talking about the definition of a circle and the different properties that it possesses. From there we discussed arcs, how to differentiate between major and minor arcs, and the notation for referring to them. We used most of our time together to work on problems that involve the measure and lengths of arcs, as well as the lengths or diameters, radii, and circumferences. The biggest difficulty that the student seemed to face was using the idea that measures of arcs exist in the same proportion to the 360 degrees of a circle that the length of the arc exists in proportion to the length of the circumference. He was able to find the circumference of a circle quite easily, but the process of using the proportion described above to find the lengths of arcs gave him a little difficulty. I gave him a few practice problems to complete, and then we turned to his homework to do some problems from his book. After doing about ten or so of these types of problems, the student seemed to be much more comfortable with these types of problems."