Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I first reviewed for his geometry exam which will be on Tuesday 11/26. The topics covered were regarding triangles. We did practice problems assigned by his teacher specifically covering how to calculate the side lengths and angle measurements. Additionally, we reviewed how to write mathematical proofs. He has a strong grasp of geometry concepts. At the request of his father, I also worked on biology with the student in preparation for his exam on Wednesday. The student and I worked well covering roughly 1/3-1/2 of the topics that will be covered on his exam notably cell components and their importance."
"The student and I prepared for his test on perpendicular bisectors and angle bisectors by working on the chapter test as well as the instructor provided review. We covered circumventers as well as incenters and solved for unknown information given lengths and/or angles."
"Moved ahead with the student to chapter on transformations. We studied at length on definitions and theorems in the chapter, and worked sample problems on reflections, rotations, translations, and frieze patterns. I recommended to him that during his off week he spend time working problems in the chapter, as we will not meet again until Sunday, December 8, per his mother's request."
"The student and I focused on chapter 2, which is the chapter that pertains most heavily to proofs, an area that he finds the most challenging and which he believes will be tested extensively on the final. We reviewed the postulates for angles between parallel lines, such as alternate interior angles, alternate exterior angles, vertical angles, and corresponding angles. We practiced determining the correct postulate that could be used to prove a given conjecture."
"We reviewed properties of different parallelograms and trapezoids. We completed most of her review packet for her test (tomorrow) on parallelograms. She made progress explaining which sides/angles are congruent and setting up equations to solve for missing pieces. She needs to memorize properties - she had to use a table for guidance."
"Student 1 and I worked on his review/challenge worksheet, he took his chapter 9 test yesterday and he feels confident that he did well. He was able to complete the worksheet without too much trouble, and I did notice that he is a little rusty on working with polynomials (factoring, etc.). Student 2 worked on his review worksheet in preparation for his "Qu/est" tomorrow on trigonometry-based right triangles. He was struggling with the concepts until we went back and analyzed how to identify which trigonometric function to utilize, based on what information each diagram provides. I reinforced the SOHCAHTOA acronym in setting up many of the solutions."
"The student and I went over a lesson involving the Pythagorean theorem and completed a couple of homework assignments involving its basic application as well as in word problems. She is progressing in critical thinking and problem solving strategy, which has evolved from me asking her to show more steps as well as speaking aloud while she works problems."
"Last night, the student and I practiced finding surface areas and volumes of rectangular, triangular, regular hexagonal prisms, right cylinders, and spheres. For the most part, he had no trouble with these new formulas, though I did need to remind him of how to find the area of a regular hexagon. We had some extra time after finishing the assignment, so we looked ahead at upcoming material on pyramids and cones."
"The student and I reviewed special triangles, as we did last week. He really appears to have a strong grasp on the current unit (quadrilaterals), so we did not put too much focus on the topic. I discovered that he has some problems in thinking about ratios, so we drilled this during our session. I will send him practice problems before the next session so that he can solve them with more confidence. At some point during the session, I instructed him on the ideal time span for studying. That is, reading ahead, reviewing a day's material, and studying before a test. I will, as discussed, give him these sorts of general studying tips throughout our sessions."
"Today's session with the student went really well. We worked on completing his unfinished homework from this and last week (chapter 7 - similarities). It was good to work on and complete because he was probably going to have an exam on Thursday covering that material. He is still struggling with remembering how to complete problems that he was able to do before. I have noticed that he is getting better with a lot of different types of problems that he had trouble with earlier. This is probably due to us making him complete a lot of extra work and it is finally sinking in, which is great. I showed him several ways of working with the similarity problems so that he one way didn't make sense he could try and use another. I feel this session was a win. He did well on the homework and if he is able to stay focused for the exam he should do okay."
"Today was the first day that I met with the student for a tutoring session in Geometry. We went over his homework assignment: a cumulative review of the most recent chapter covered in his class. He did well, but he struggled most with solving algebraic equations and identifying and using specific math laws. Next time, I want to come more prepared to cater to his needs as we prepare him for his next Geometry test. We made a goal that he would get a B in the class. It was a good first session, and I think that we'll have a lot of success together."
"We spent our time reviewing and applying the definition of tangent lines. We worked thru multiple methods of how tangent lines can be used to solve for angle measures, side lengths and perimeter."