Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our first session and I was able to familiarize myself with the student's geometry class and where she seems to struggle the most. She understands a lot of the material, but Geometry proofs require critical thinking and problem solving. She is able to correctly use the theorems and work through a proof with guidance, but she still needs practice on determining the "path" to solving a problem and how to identify useful given information in a problem. I assisted her with her homework this evening and we looked through past chapters to identify which concepts she feels most uncomfortable with. Our next sessions will focus on her past homework/quizzes/exams and the content she struggled with since starting her Geometry class. The goal is to build a solid foundation in Geometry to ensure that new material learned can be understood entirely. She was engaged in the material this session."
"The student and I went over her review packet for her geometry test tomorrow. She also completed the textbook homework assignments that were further review for the test. She said she felt confident. I reminded her to be careful about making simple mistakes such as flipping signs (+/-) or flipping x and y values. The student has a solid grasp of the material otherwise."
"Today we worked on the student's geometry homework, which dealt exclusively with writing proofs. The homework involved understanding the hypotenuse leg theorem; that congruent parts of congruent triangles are congruent; and properties of circles, and isosceles and right triangles. We went over examples involving these theorems then applied them to the assigned homework problems. He understands the theorems individually but needed help applying them to the problem in a specified order to write the proof. I reinforced the approach to solving these problems by first identifying what we have to prove, visualizing what has to be congruent to solve the proof, then identifying what theorems are involved to show that congruence. Identifying the general approach, structure and syntax of writing proofs was the focus of this session."
"Check-in about progress: The student took a test covering the material that we have worked on diligently for the past few weeks. He said it was really easy. I then created some practice problems for him to go over that were extra challenging and he proved in writing that he remembered the properties of every single parallelogram he had to memorize. Finally we had a discussion about how he would go about studying for tests or reviewing concepts without having a tutor to prompt and guide him."
"We had two main topics to cover. The first was focused on major arcs, minor arcs, and semicircles as well as determining the angles of arcs given other angles in the circle. The second section introduced chords and finding certain measures of arcs or line segments given some other measures. We made use of a few theorems. We also went over a few fill-in-the-blank proofs."
"Today we went over a quiz that the student took last Friday where he scored a 51/64. We also went over identifying parts of a coordinate plane. He solved problems practicing cross multiplying, finding common denominators and identifying binomials."
"The student is ahead of the game, and watching him work on his first test review, I knew he would be just fine on the first test. Therefore, we worked on Conditional Statements, as that is what he will be going over next in class."
"The student and I went over his geometry worksheets. We started chronologically so as to make sure that he would have a firm grasp of all of the content. We went over points, lines, planes, collinear points, co-planer lines, and how to solve geometry problems with unknowns. From now on, we're planning on meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30pm. He did well."
"The student and I worked on a worksheet which involved graphing, the distance formula, and the midpoint formula. The worksheet was very long but he remained focused the whole time, and by the end had a really good grasp of the material."
"Today was my first tutoring session with the student . We covered the first four chapters of the book (points, lines, rays, segments, planes, and angles). The student is intelligent and quick to learn. I suggested he work through the back-of-chapter problems in preparation for the second half of his first test. I also suggested that, as he works on homework throughout the week, he mark down any questions. Other than those specific items, I think a general review of the material with a focus on the reasoning process behind solving problems will help him with his class."
"Reviewed a past test and then practiced angle/segment addition postulate scenarios. We practiced taking at least 2 minutes per question, which proved to be effective in improving his work."
"The student and I worked on completing the square and solving quadratic equations. She recently took a retest (on which she scored a 70) and we went over test corrections. After the corrections, she understood each concept except for the applied geometry questions about shaded areas and shapes. I will continue to work with her on this topic."