Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued working on his area review packet. We went over the area of trapezoids, isosceles trapezoids, circles and sectors."
"The student and I continued working through a review workbook. We covered topics such as converting decimals to fraction and vice versa, and the multiplication and division of those decimals and fractions."
"The student and I spent this session going over the first chapter in his geometry book. I went over concepts with him, had him do problems out loud, and then assigned him chapter summary problems for homework. We then turned our attention to his summer AP Gov work. After listening to him talk about his approach to the work thus far, it became clear that he was not retaining what he had read in a way that would allow him to answer the open-ended questions given at the end of every assignment. We went over the steps he could take to read actively (highlighting, making notes, reading over the questions first so he knows what he's looking for) and how to break down the questions into easily understood tasks (simplify the question, identify a task, write your answer in notes/ bullets, then answer the question). We went through one of the student's assignments verbally using these steps, and he was able to answer the questions much more efficiently than he had been. We wrapped up the session by mapping out a course for the rest of the summer that would allow him to get all his work done in a comfortable time frame."
"We continued to discuss polygons, specifically parallelograms, rhombi, and squares, and the student worked on his homework. He told me he got a 78 on his last test, which is progress. He says this material is easier for him, although the proofs are still challenging. One strategy I explained to him was to picture the order of the parallelograms in terms of their properties. In other words, the 'parallelogram' is at the top, with the 'rhombus' below it, and the 'square' below that. Each successive polygon has the properties of the previous + another property. There were a few coordinate geometry problems on his homework that we didn't cover, so he can practice those."
"The student received a 98 on the quiz, and that is great news! He showed me the quiz, and we checked the answers that he got wrong. For the most time of the session he worked on his homework, which was on graphing quadratic equations (standard, vertex and intercept forms). He writes all the characteristics of the functions well, but sometimes has a hard time going back and forth between different forms of quadratics. I recommended to him to practice on switching between the forms of quadratics and to memorize each one of them better."
"We covered the concepts of parallelogram, quadrilaterals, rhombuses and rectangles and we discussed the various theorems behind these figures. We solved approximately 40 questions afterwards. I conducted a verbal test with her, and she responded correctly to all the questions that I asked."