Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed for the student's test that was on special right triangles and proportions. We looked at the student's review packet and wrote down the important equations and theorems to remember."
"I covered with the student angles of elevation and depression, and the sine and cosine laws. I also reviewed a number of geometry problems based on those concepts in preparation for a class test tomorrow."
"Tomorrow is a quiz on 2 sections of Chapter 9, so we did practiced triangles that use the special ratioes and triples."
"During this session, 1 chemistry module on phase changes, 1 quiz on phase changes, 1 module on trigonometry, and 1 quiz on trigonometry were completed."
"Wednesday, was the student's 3rd Geometry tutoring session. Again, it was very successful. Our main focus was completing a mini-project on Circles. There were about 10 specific tasks that he had to do; a rubric was supplied to be clear about the grading system for this project. First, he had to use a compass to draw a circle on a coordinate plane, but the rules said the center could not be the origin. He labeled the points along the circle and the center of the circle with capital letters. Next, he had to write the equation of his drawn circle. From there, he had to use a ruler to draw in a central angle and an inscribed angle. He then used a protractor to measure these angles, verifying that the central angle is twice the measure of the inscribed angle. He also had to convert these angles from degrees to radians. The student had to use the distance formula to find the diameter. He had to find the circumference and area of the circle, then find the arc length and area of the sector created by his central angle. This project gave him practice using different geometry tools, drawing neatly and clearly, and taking accurate measurements. This project also was eye-opening when he realized that the inscribed angle was always going to be half the measure of the central angle, regardless of where he plotted this point along the circle. He took pride in doing a great job with this project, keeping his lines straight with a ruler, showing all his calculations in a neat and organized way, and erasing neatly when necessary. Spectacular work! The last half hour of the session was spent on reviewing his History notes in preparation for Thursday's assessment. The student seems to learn best when he can "talk it out" so that it makes sense in his mind. He had a good handle on most of the facts and details that were in his notebook. He said that he would have an opportunity to review his notes one or two more times before the History test. Moving forward, we will focus on improving his outlining skills so that his notes can be fully optimized when studying. We will also stay one section ahead in Geometry so he can remain confident when learning new concepts in class."
"In this session we mainly focused on two sections of Ch 8 in the student's geometry book. We covered and reviewed Sine, Cosine, and Tangent of triangles and the variations of problems for those types of questions. We also covered questions that required the finding of missing sides or angles. At first the student was not confident in his ability to differentiate the 3 trigonometric functions. However, after working through practice problems and learning strategies to not mix up the functions he became a lot less hesitant."