Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over the student's review packet for geometry. We worked primarily on special right triangles and I discovered that the student does not remember much about working with radicals (square roots). I attempted to do a quick review of that material and suggested that he get on the Internet and review the material some more on his own with a good math website to make sure he had it for the test."
"We worked through two very challenging problems today. The student found the length of time necessary to solve them frustrating, but she never gave up, and we eventually arrived at answers for both of them. Although she may have trouble seeing it as of now, this was very good practice for when she'll face many more such problems in Calculus and College Mathematics."
"We went through the beginning of the next chapter on finding the areas of various composite shapes. The student has a good grasp of the concepts and just needs to practice solving problems to understand the formulas and definitions. She brings a good attitude towards the work and seems to really want to improve, which is great for a tutor."
"Tonight, we focused on the student's homework, which covered the "side-angle-side" theorem for determining if two triangles are congruent. We reviewed rigid transformations (reflections, rotations, and translations), how to write a proof, and definitions of angle/line bisectors, perpendicular lines, alternate interior angles, and vertical angles. She demonstrated some understanding of the material."
"The student had a homework assignment she wanted to work on. The main topic was about angles and sides of special triangles. The goal was to figure out the angles of isosceles triangles from various information. One of the main concepts that we went over was the external angle rule. This is a very special rule that helps students solve questions that only give limited information. The next thing we went over were special right triangles that can be solved by knowing only one side. She seemed to understand the material rather quickly. She was able to apply the necessary rules when answering the various types of questions on her homework assignment."
"Today, the student and I worked on review problems in preparation for her test tomorrow. This unit is about writing Euclidean proofs using geometric theorems and postulates. I think her main problem is that she doesn't know how to progress logically through the proofs when given premises. I prompted her to mark on her diagrams the given information in order to better intuit her next steps (for example whether or not you need to solve for a side, an angle, or use CPCTC). I wish her good luck on her test, and we'll monitor her progress next time we meet."