Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I finished the practice exams we were working on yesterday. I felt more comfortable working together with her on the questions and guiding her in the right direction rather than having her work on her own. We were able to get through another practice assessment test and I also have her working on a practice exam on her own so that we can see what we need to work on before the finals."
"Yesterday we reviewed three major topics that will be covered on the state assessment. The first was loci. We went over the basic loci that get asked about, such as the locus of points equidistant from a point, from a line, from parallel lines, and from intersecting lines. We then reviewed equation of a line, midpoint formula, and distance formula. We finished the session with a review of proofs."
"We covered proofs in geometry. He really did well with them, but gets confused on the "reasons/justification" even though he knows what to do. He got better the more that we did together. I left him with a worksheet to complete, and he was able to do so. I had no concerns. He wants to practice algorithms next."
"Today we went over the material that the student will have on his test Monday morning. We went through the proofs and the way to word statements within the proofs. He is trying to get an A on all his tests this summer, and he is very concerned about writing the proofs correctly. He is practicing both algebraic and geometric proofs. I quizzed him on several of the postulates, and we also went over truth statements, with converse and inverse variations. He had a lot of questions, and I was impressed at how well he already knows the postulates. Simply making the flashcards really helps him. He is going to study his flashcards more before he goes to bed, and then he is going to study them a little in the morning before his test."
"We covered the rest of chapter 3 today, which included interior and exterior angles of polygons, angle relationships in triangles, and inductive and deductive reasoning. We also went over any questions from the assignments to complete on his own from the last session. He did very well on these."
"I continued to help the student with his summer school course. His final exam or the equivalent is a week from Monday, but he is far enough along in the material to study for the final and he had a study guide for it as well that we did practice problems from."
"We over-viewed the basics of geometry. We outlined some goals for our meetings. The student showed great participation. I assigned a small problem set and homework. I had him preview the next few sections and record any definitions present."
"The student did well on his quizzes and assignments from the previous week. We completed his homework that's due on Monday and also reviewed the first 3 chapters of the book which he has a test on. The topics were congruent triangles, altitudes, medians, etc."
"The student brought more questions from her city assessment math test prep book. I helped her solve three problems, the first two being geometry problems, and the last one a probability question. One geometry problem dealt with the areas of circles, and ended up being relatively easy once she drew a picture. I created a very similar problem, dealing with volumes of cylinders this time, to give her extra practice, and she did very well all on her own. The second problem was a little trickier, requiring her to recognize that she should apply the Pythagorean theorem, without directly asking her to. I had to help her a little bit, but she understood all of the math involved. The probability problem was the most difficult for her. I explained how to solve the problem, and showed her how to utilize a probability tree to help her understand the problem. Geometry and probability are two topics she can use more practice in, so I will make sure to continue tutoring these areas."
"During this session, I reviewed with the student some last minute topics to prepare for his exam. I had him complete his required standards by himself, which he was able to do. We worked through some problems in his book on determining averages and means for different shapes. He still has trouble working through new problems, but has improved since his first session."
"Today, we covered sections 3.1 to 3.6 in geometry. We began the session with vocabulary. The student looked up the definitions to all of the words from chapter 2 and from sections 3.1 to 3.6. We then worked on the material from sections 3.1 to 3.6 and went through all of the postulates, theorems, vocabulary, proofs, and examples. I found this session to be quite productive! Once he finishes the homework from chapter 2 I will assign the homework from 3.1 to 3.6 so that his understanding of this chapter is solidified. The material in this chapter is heavy, so I will review it with him tomorrow to make sure he understands it all before moving on to the next sections. My hope is that tomorrow we can finish chapter 3, take the chapter 3 test, take the chapter 3 vocabulary quiz, and begin chapter 4."
"Today we finished up reviewing operations with radicals as well as simplifying rational expressions with radicals. He has not shown any indications of confusion on the subjects presented and continues to perfect the math taught to him. I left him with some review problems."