Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed for her upcoming test. We worked on developing several proofs involving triangle congruence and line parallelism. I also reviewed the definition and application of a perpendicular bisector with her. I reminded her to use triangle congruence in her proofs, as that seems to be her teacher's preference."
"This week, the student and I covered a lot of practice problems about isosceles triangles. We talked about the corresponding angles and sides, and how to use this property in a proof. We then previewed chapter 5, which they are about to begin, and looked at different properties of triangles, like altitude, circumcenter, and other key concepts."
"Today was our first session and I was able to assess the student's current abilities in his math class and what he still needs to work on. We primarily worked on determining the area of 2D composite figures, and calculating the surface area and volume of 3D figures. He showed great progress in just this one session and is comfortably able to solve for composite area, surface area, and volume. We also practiced fractions (converting to improper, mixed fractions, and reciprocals). I helped him create a "fractions cheat sheet" with simple rules on how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions, which he was able to do with ease. Next session, we will continue working with calculating the dimensions of 3D figures and computing fractions in preparation for his upcoming quiz."
"He has a test on Friday, which will cover all of the fifth chapter of his textbook (minus one section, which leaves us seven to review). We got through two sections in our first session and scheduled two more sessions for this week; I hope that two more will suffice to prepare him for the test. The two sections we covered were on the following topics: the perpendicular bisector theorem, the angle bisector theorem, the circumcenter of a triangle, and the incenter of a triangle."
"We met 4:00-5:30pm on Monday. I had the student do some preliminary algebra worksheets to see how his background algebra was. He did well when he wrote out the steps. We also reviewed chapters for his midterm on Tuesday. Finally, we scheduled the next session for Thursday at 4pm, and next week for Wednesday at 4pm."
"Today I had a special session with the student to help him prepare for a quiz. The concepts covered included areas of quadrilaterals, triangles, trapezoids, regular polygons, circles, circle sectors and circle segments, as well as how to find arc length. We started the session with the basic concepts behind area formulas for each figure on the quiz. Conceptual learning is a challenge for the student and may be affecting his ability to do well on proofs. He has a hard time communicating his deductive reasoning for reaching a certain conclusion. However, his strength is his memory, which allows him to do well on application problems because he only has to remember a procedure or formula. We spent the last half of the session practicing application problems. One thing I noticed when we worked out these problems is that he had a hard time remembering his algebra such as the distributive property and factoring as well as division of fractions. He has a tendency to want to focus on what will be tested next week (especially in areas of strength) and not on strengthening foundations, which I think will be critical as his class moves to harder problems later in the semester. We will need to find time for both in our sessions. I emailed him and his mother some worksheets with answers for extra independent practice. At our normal session on Wednesday, he and I will review a test from the previous week and any new concepts learned in his class."