Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over and double checked all the work on the student's project. He did very well since the last session in preparing the right shapes, getting their measurements, and planning the build out. The other area that needed attention was using the correct height to find the volume of a pyramid and a cone. He was using the slanted height, which is used to find the surface area, rather than the vertical height in order to find the volume. I mentioned to him the following word association to help him on the exam: "use Slanted height for Surface area (both beginning with 'S'), and Vertical height for Volume (both beginning with 'V') in order to distinguish the two." I also discussed how to be careful when calculating the Perimeter of the base of a solid. Overall, today the student was very engaged and seemed very enthusiastic about his project. It was good to see the excitement in him when it came to math. He felt ready for the test saying that he believe he will get a B. I told him that I know he can get an A if he takes his time and pays attention to the details."
"During this session we went over various examples of volume and surface area of different shapes. This session went well. I advised the student to review notes, make a study guide, and print out a review sheet from online."
"The student and her class have moved on to circles and the measurements of arcs. In this session she did her homework and after she completed it we went through the book problems for extra practice. She was picking up the more complicated proofs with far more confidence than when we first began which is really exciting to see. She told me on her trig exam she scored at 91%! I'm really proud of all of her hard work."
"The student had a mid section test the next day. It covered four chapters we had previously worked on together. Two subjects she had particular trouble with were the side splitter theorem and regular polygons, but upon a small amount of review she knew them well."
"The student and I covered the concept of chords, line segments inside a circle that do not necessarily travel through the circle's center. We briefly discussed the difference between chords and secants, and we also talked about tangent lines. The student and I also reviewed the equation of a circle, and how to establish it given certain initial conditions (diameter, radius, center point, points on the outside, etc.)."
"Today's session continued our work on geometric shifts. The focus was on rotations about a point that isn't the origin, reflection across a line determined by a simple function and dilation about the origin. The student is really getting the hang of rotations, and once we did some work with an actual mirror, reflections made a lot more sense to him as well."