Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed her Geometry homework on finding the side lengths of special right triangles (30-60-90 and 45-45-90). The student did extra practice on finding the long side (b), as it requires the most calculation. She did well and said that it made more sense to her. She completed a worksheet and book homework."
"The student and I worked on completing her homework and reviewing for her test. Her homework was on special parallelograms (rhombi, rectangles and squares) so we reviewed the properties of the shapes, stressing the properties of the diagonals. We also created a quadrilateral family tree to help organize her thoughts. The student's test is on quadrilaterals and we focused on parallelogram theorems and trapezoids. Overall, the student is making excellent progress and really grasps the geometric concepts in play."
"We reviewed variability, consistency, and how to calculate variance, standard deviation, and the mean for an upcoming geometry test."
"The student and I prepared for her upcoming Geometry quiz. We went through several topics and how to approach each: rotations and reflections, volume and surface area of prisms and pyramids, parallel and perpendicular lines, as well as the distance formula. I believe she has the right skills and knowledge to work her way through her exam with more practice before then."
"The student has been doing much better on quizzes and working much more independently in math lately. It turns out she does fine when she has questions that apply concepts she's "learning" in a predictable fashion. I've always aimed to teach in a way that makes connections between ideas clear, rather than reinforce formulas by rote. I supported her review of her ratio homework with this approach in mind, remarking on two ways that both work when setting up ratios: placing corresponding measurements either in the same fraction on one side of the equation, or one pair in the numerator/one pair in the denominator on either side of the equation."
"In today's session, we went over the introduction to three dimensional shapes and the types of quantities we can measure. We started with a review of prisms, pyramids, cylinders, spheres, and cubes. We then talked more specifically about attributes of a 3D shape. This included the definitions of faces, edges, vertices, and base of a 3D shape. We then talked about surface area and volume and what those quantities measure. We then went through some exercises at the end of the section in his book to check his understanding. He seemed very comfortable with the topics, so we ended our session by finishing some chemistry exercises and Spanish review."