Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a re-test on Thursday of his previous unit on solids. He thinks it went well, but it has not yet been graded. His current unit is on transformations. We reviewed rotation, which he had trouble understanding in class. We also started working on a review sheet for his final exam, which is in May. We worked through problems on permutations and trigonometry. He did not remember the permutations from earlier this year, so we reviewed basic approaches to those problems. We reviewed SOH CAH TOA and did some practice problems using it."
"The student is back in class so she had homework to complete. Her class has officially moved on to the sections we were working on during break, arc measurements and theorems related to their length as well as inscribed polygons. We completed her homework and then we moved into a new section (power theorems). We completed some practice problems as well as a few complex "C" level problems to finish out the session. As this was a new section, she was just learning this material but at the end of the session we were able to talk though the problems together and she could complete the work with coaching which was great to see."
"We worked through 9.1 and 9.2 in his Geometry textbook. The chapters were regarding area of various geometric figures, triangles, rectangles, rhombus, kite, polygons, etc. The student mostly struggled with memorizing the formulas for the rhombus, kite and trapezoid. However, after completing multiple practice problems regarding these topics, he started to become more confident with solving these questions. The questions were tricky because they referred back to the earlier concepts of sine, cosine, tangent and special triangle rules. After a little practice, he figured out how to apply those concepts to finding areas of these figures. He received a perfect score in his previous two quizzes, so we know that he has internalized what we've gone through in our sessions."
"We went over induction, deduction, the law of detachment, the law of syllogism, etc. The student was struggling a little with the definition of each concept and how to apply them to "if then" statements. I told the student to make sure she reviews the definitions and charts for the lessons she has learned so that she is ready for her quiz."
"The student and I worked on geometry proofs, which is a difficult subject for everyone. We made a lot of progress! During our session, we used a new website that contains a lot of helpful practice problems and learning tools. This is something she can also use on her own to get some additional practice."
"The student had just had a geometry test earlier in the day. We talked about how she felt about the test. It focused mostly on proofs, which she felt fairly comfortable doing. She had her notes with the various properties and postulates, so we reviewed these very briefly. Next, we took a look at a bonus problem given by her teacher that was never reviewed in class. This involved 4 granddaughters who played four instruments and spoke four languages. However, each granddaughter could only play one instrument and speak one language. Using the given statements, we assigned the correct language and instrument to each person. She did very well with this exercise. Next, we talked about how the rest of her classes were going. She told me she had signed up for the Mathletes, but she wasn't sure how serious her involvement would be. I asked her if there were any problems to work on. We found the problem of the week, and we started working on it. We briefly discussed how to calculate the probability of a certain sequence of events given each event's independent probability. I asked her to take a look at the problem for next week's tutoring session."