Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we focused on geometry. Our two lessons were classifying quadrilaterals and classifying triangles. We classified quadrilaterals into rhombus, parallelogram, rectangle, square, and trapezoid based on their angles, pairs of parallel lines, and side lengths. We discussed how certain shapes can fit into more than one category as well. We played a game to increase fluency of this concept. Then, we classified triangles into equilateral, scalene, isosceles, right, acute, and obtuse based on their angles and side lengths. To increase fluency of this concept, we created a "Triangles" book, creating triangles of every type and labeling them."
"To prepare for a midweek exam (Unit 6B), the student asked to do this Tuesday session. We first started by reviewing his Unit 6A exam and doing some of the corrections. For most of his mistakes, he knew what he did wrong. We addressed this which was beneficial as it came up again while we prepped for his unit test the next day. The other topics we covered during this session were the asymptotes of "e" problems, the properties of logarithms, what the change of base formula is, and how to solve logarithmic equations. He showed a great competency with most of the material for his test tomorrow, and I'm expecting him to do very well."
"Today we reviewed the student's work on exponential functions and talked about her exam that just passed on arithmetic and geometric sequences. We investigated when to use "n" in exponential functions and when to use "n-1." We also started exam prep, looking at systems of equations word problems. Her homework is to finish the substitution problems online and take the practice exam in the review book."
"The student worked on his English and Math homework. He did very well with just a few mistakes. Then he studied his spelling words and I quizzed him. He re-read a chapter for his English class. I left him with reading for 20 minutes."
"The student had a test on Friday that he wanted to prepare for. The lessons he wanted to review were anti-derivatives and definite integrals, and the fundamental theorems of calculus. We reviewed some derivatives and integrals, and then I explained that the fundamental theorems of calculus tie together the operations of integrals and derivatives. After working through some practice problems, the student felt more prepared and ready for his test."
"The student had an assignment on direct and inverse variation equations. By the end of the session, she said that it makes a lot more sense! We solved various equations for k (the constant) and also discussed how to recognize direct (both numbers increase together) and inverse (one number increases while the other decreases) variation before plugging multiplying or dividing each set of numbers. The student is able to work fairly independently on this subject. She had a test a couple of days ago on radical expressions and equations, and will have questions on that once she gets her test back and graded."