Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I worked through problems involving quadrilaterals solving for unknown sides and diagonals using algebra. Once she was able to determine what information was provided and what info she needed to find, she did well."
"The student has a quiz coming up so we worked on her homework which was review. We then did some extra work on centroids and circumcenters to make sure she fully grasped those concepts. Then we did some coordinate plane problems as well."
"We reviewed for the student's midterm. We worked on the study guide that she was given and we did test corrections. She was comfortable with most of the material; the only topic that she had some difficulty with were the logic proofs."
"We continued working on review problems for her upcoming test. We discussed ratios and what they mean mathematically. We also discussed how to approach word problems in general in order to translate them to mathematical expressions. We talked about geometric transformations using matrix multiplication. She had no problem performing the multiplications, but was struggling understanding the meaning of what she was doing. Once I pointed out and broke down what was actually "happening" she was able to identify the answers. Finally we discussed a problem that, once again, was mostly about the student being able to translate a paragraph into mathematical facts and equations. Through some questions, the student was able to identify many pieces of information and we worked together on setting up the necessary equations to obtain an answer. We weren't able to solve the entire problem because we ran out of time, but we set everything up so she can continue on her own. She seems to struggle with simple math (such as solving for a variable in a very simple expression) when it seems complicated. She knows what to do, but if she sees terms that she finds intimidating she will second guess herself too much and sometimes not answer the question. I think she is improving since by asking her guiding questions she is able to reach the correct conclusions. She still has a long way to go in developing confidence on her approach, knowledge, and answers. We are working on that and I have noticed some improvement."
"Tonight, the student started to work on her final review packet. Specifically, we focused on right triangles and trig, laws of sines and cosines, quadrilaterals, and probability. She did a really good job on her trig and right triangle problems. Also, she did surprisingly well on the laws of sines and cosines. For quadrilaterals, we focused on the fill-in-the-blank problems about the characteristics of the different types of quadrilaterals. She did fairly well with this. We are working with the concept of shapes that have all the same characteristics as a parallelogram. Finally, we talked a little on probability. She had just taken a quiz in class over this. Next session, I am going to bring practice problems over coordinate geometry, law of sines and cosines, and probability for extra reinforcement."
"In this session with the student, we reviewed more of the topics on his Finals review list, including geometric means, triangle congruency theorems, and alternate angles. He has been keeping very organized in his studying, and he is pushing to catch up so that he will be done with the whole list of topics by this weekend. Overall, many of the problems that he struggled with previously were now suddenly much easier, and he took confidence in that fact. He did inform me that he received an 82/100 on his previous chapter exam, and given that he did not realize he had a test that day, I was pretty impressed. Overall, he only has a little over a week until the school year is over! Thus, I urge him to push until the end, and no matter what happens, he should be happy that he gave his best effort."