Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first meeting with him. We started with a question about Golden Rectangles, which excited me until I gave an explanation that was too complicated for the situation at hand. I then apologized early and often about my artistic (in)ability as we did a variety of questions dealing with angles, perimeters, and symmetries of different quadrilaterals. The hour flew by, and at the end, I got to meet his mother. I'm calling her after this is entered to notify her that I'll be returning tomorrow."
"This was my first time meeting with the student, and I was impressed with her hard work. She wanted my help with problem sets that seemed very scattered, as if they are not designed to illustrate a specific concept or practice a specific skill. The problems included factorials, the Pythagorean theorem, squares and cubes, area of triangles, bisecting angles, factoring, solving 2 equations with 2 unknowns, and probability. For several of the problems, not enough information is given to fully solve, but you can write an equation and use it to test the 4 offered solutions. This kind of thing is useful for standardized tests. She is also learning more generally applicable skills for dealing with the area of triangles and the Pythagorean theorem."
"This was my student's first session. She has unit packets which we went over an overview of, and I created additional problems for her. We went over the following concepts: inscribed angles, chords, finding arc measures, Pythagorean Theorem and right triangles, and finding angle measures inscribed in circles. I encouraged her to memorize necessary formulas and the "how-tos" of each scenario and to take her time when solving."
"This week was the student's first session post summer break. He's now in tenth grade and is working on mathematical transformation of functions - more real world applications of mathematical functions. He has his first test this upcoming week and is in good spirits which is always good to see."
"This week we covered literal equations (formulas). We worked on how to create literal equations for word problems, and then plug in values and solve. The student has no problem solving, but is struggling with figuring out how to setup the formula. He made good progress in Plato this week. He is now at 17% and selected tutorials that he needs help with."
"This week, the student and I reviewed conjectures and examined ways to prove them true or false. She also worked through geometry, algebra and sequence problems on the assigned homework. As I noted last week, she works through her problems very methodically, which helps her avoid many careless mistakes. Even so, I'm seeing her make a few here and there. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to push her to strengthen her mental math skills. This will help her check her own work and give her a better feel for what the right answer looks like. She reported that she felt prepared for her test on last week's material, though she has yet to receive her grade back. She got an A on her quiz which is very impressive. Great session this week!"