Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued working on circles with a focus on determining angles and triangle lengths from chord properties. The student caught on to the concepts as we finished our session, and I left him with some things to work on since his finals are approaching this month."
"We went over the student's previous exam (trig) as well as her previous quiz (surface area of solids). She had a quiz Tuesday (volume) and an exam split between Friday and next week Monday (surface area and volume of solids). We decided to go over the volume since this was on the quiz, and then do a review of surface area on Thursday when we meet again. She had homework on volume, so she completed those problems. She seemed to do well on all of the word problems. If there was a clearly labeled picture, she could easily solve the problem. I recommended that she organize her work so that each problem has its own section, and that she needs to draw pictures for all the problems that don't have pictures."
"Today we covered inscribed tangent angles and arc relationships and angles inside the circle that are not central angles outside the circle. I think the student still needs some practice on these concepts. She was having some difficulty today, so we will probably spend part of the next session reinforcing the different cases and how to find missing angle measures and arcs. She worked very hard and I appreciate the effort. I will send her some notes later today for her to look over and we will discuss those in the next session."
"The student and I went back and reviewed the ratios for similar triangles and got a lot of good work done on solving problems of triangle bisectors. He is about half a chapter behind the class lectures right now, and I plan to catch him up to on Tuesday. He is doing well with the material we cover."
"The student is working on volumes of polygons in class. She is able to successfully work with all the equations but hasn't quite memorized all the equations yet. I recommended she make flashcards and do two practice questions of every shape every day to solidify the formulas. Also, I recommended during the practice and test that she write down the formula every single time for the shape she is working with, clearly identify the values that will plug into the equation, and thus avoid simple errors."
"We went over finding the area of regular polygons. Rather than using the formula (1/2 perimeter times the apothem), we broke it down into equilateral triangles and how they relate to special right triangles. The student was comfortable with those steps. I will send her more homework to practice finding these areas."