Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met today to work on geometry. Her class has just started trigonometry, and will be covering vectors and the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines. Since we are already pretty comfortable with trig we decided to work on vectors, which is a very new topic that uses a lot of familiar math. The student did an amazing job of following along as I covered the definition of vectors and how they add together. In one short hour we pretty comprehensively discussed vector addition and conversion between (r, theta) [i.e. (magnitude, direction)] and (x,y) descriptions of vectors. We even had time to work through the possible pitfalls to look out for when converting from (x,y) to (r, theta). At the end of our session I briefly explained the Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines. I only went so far as to state what they were and in which situations they are useful."
"The student has some geometry/trig homework that we worked on. She is working on sine, cosine, tangent and special triangles. We worked on problems and the student seems to have a solid base for these problems. She has a test on Wednesday in Biology but she is now covering evolution and seems to be doing well in it."
"The student is just beginning spring break and did not have any work with her to complete before she returns to school. She said that she just took a test on area and calculating costs based on area. She also said that test had problems related to tax returns on it, but she was not sure what the problems were and did not have any examples."
"In preparation for geometry test we used teacher's list of objectives. Did mini-lessons on weaker topics and used previous quizzes as practice problems. Worked through difficult problems together and then I developed similar problems to reinforce concepts, especially trig functions and word problems involving the Pythagorean theorem. Briefly looked at science homework and discussed effective sources for the student to complete the research section."
"We covered Pythagorean theory and trigonometric ratios. I saw some quiz scores that look pretty good. The student is solid with the concepts and algebra foundation needed to solve most of the problems. I did leave her with some problems for her to do on her own."
"The student and I spent the session exploring the geometrical concept of 'similarity' and how it can be used to compare polygons. We covered a few test cases which required knowing the definition inside and out (all angles congruent and sides proportional). We found ways of comparing angles and sides and also used the ratios between similar polygons to compare perimeters and areas; A/B and A^2/B^2."
"We worked on vector translations of figures and lines. We reviewed the reflection transformations that we talked about last time to help prepare for the quiz. She will finish memorizing what she needs to for the quiz on her own."
"We covered 45-45-90 and 30-60-90 triangles, as well as sin, cos, and tan of right triangles. It seemed as though the majority of the issues were translating the word problems into drawings of the triangles to be able to solve the problems. The student has additional worksheets to work through on her own to make sure that she understands the concepts."
"1. We covered areas of Trapezoids, Kites and Rhombuses. 2. She seemed to understand the material. 3. We worked on problems together and I let her work on some herself. 4. I gave her definitions and key things to look at when classifying quadrilateral shapes."
"The student and I covered finding angles in an isosceles trapezoid and finding the median length on a trapezoid. His confidence increased as we continued to work problems throughout the session. He will be fine."
"During this session, we reviewed important concepts from Sections 7.1 and 7.4, including how to find the area of a triangle, parallelogram, rectangle, kite, and rhombus, and the Pythagorean theorem. I helped the student prepare her for a Chapter 7 quiz coming up next week."
"We discussed and worked problems covering areas of quadrilaterals, trapezoids, triangles. The student and I solved equations and a couple of proofs. She has a solid understanding of the material and the equations. We will work on visualizing problems which in turn will bolster her confidence."