Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session, the student and I focused on preparing for his unit test coming up this Thursday. We particularly focused on practicing problems of proving triangles similar, as well as right triangles and the Pythagorean theorem. He had a good grasp of the material, but had a little bit of trouble in the area of special right triangles. He had a better grasp of the material after going through several problems."
"This was our first session together. I primarily discussed with the student how her class was set up and how I can help her succeed in her class. I also reviewed her most recent notes on Converse of the Triangle Proportionality Theorem. She picked up the concept fast and we did a couple of problems. Her teacher doesn't really assign homework from the textbook but she does receive worksheets from a blackboard website (I asked her if she could possibly get me access to these). She also doesn't have a syllabus/schedule of what's covered in class so I have asked her to keep me updated about the topics covered and about her upcoming quizzes/tests. It was great meeting her and we're set to meet next Tuesday!"
"We went over incorrect quiz answers one by one and solved them all on a separate piece of paper. We have started working on angles of polygons. According to the number of sides, we made number of triangles in polygons by connecting corners. Then we decided the sum of interior angles according to how many triangles it can be made."
"The student and I went over his homework assignment that covered trig functions and how to work with angles and sides. We went over two worksheets. He's showing great improvement and his grade has moved up significantly."
"In this session, we focused on finding lengths and angles in quadrilaterals and triangles. The student just finished a unit in class, and he asked questions in a few areas where he needed a little clarification or support. We began by finding the mid-segment length of a trapezoid. He is very good at algebra and finding the missing value in an equation; we practiced using the formula to set up the equation. After several practice problems, he improved significantly in finding the mid-segment length. Next, we worked on finding the missing angles in quadrilaterals. This required knowledge of the sum of the interior and exterior angles, as well as properties of opposite and adjacent angles. Most of the struggles that he had came from making assumptions that were untrue. Using the properties of quadrilaterals and angles, we were able to accurately solve the problems he had struggled with. We then moved on to find the side lengths of triangles with the angles 44-45-90 or 30-60-90. We took a chart from the student's teacher, and modified it to include a few more hints about what steps to take. We did practice problems until he was 'fluent' in his problem solving; he became quick and accurate, and did not need to reference the chart. We ended the session by going over all the different classifications of quadrilaterals, comparing and contrasting their properties, then used this information to find missing coordinates of quadrilaterals on a coordinate plane. I think there was still a little confusion, so we'll touch in the graphs at the beginning of next session. He was very focused and eager to learn; he asked good questions, and made it clear when he did or did not understand the material. He was a pleasure to work with!"
"The student has a test this Friday. She will be working this Thursday on a set of review problems provided by her teacher. Worked a whole host of problems involving the perimeter and area of different quadrilaterals. Also worked a couple of 2-column proofs. The instructor expects a lot out his class with regard to proofs. All proofs must be developed from scratch."