Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over the problems that are going to be on the student's test tomorrow. We went over polygons and parallelograms. We also went over the formula to calculate total sum of interior angles inside regular polygons, as well as the value for each angle. Then we reviewed bi-conditionals by going over examples of conditional vs. converse, and how the former needs to precede the latter. Then we went over the properties of squares, rhombuses, kites, rectangles, and trapezoids. We went over the elements of perpendicular bisectors, and then we discussed our next meeting date."
"We began today by finishing up chapter 4 in geometry. Once we finished chapter 4, I had him complete the science ACT test that he began last week. We then started going over the questions that he got incorrect, and he seemed to get most of them correct the second time around. I wrote detailed notes on each problem that we went over so that he has something to reference when he reviews the section on his own. Tomorrow, we will finish going over ACT science. I also hope to cover more geometry and to give him some quizzes from chapter 4. Hopefully he finishes the homework by tomorrow so that we can do so."
"The student did very well on the proofs I assigned him for last time's homework. He seems to be very capable of logical thinking and is excellent at picking up on things quickly. This session, we learned special properties of isosceles triangles and various polygons, and I assigned him some additional proofs to complete for the next session."
"Today, we covered inequalities with triangles, indirect proofs, contrapositive and inverse statements. He picked up on all concepts quickly, especially the direct proofs involving inequalities. He has practice problems from each section to complete before the next session. We should be able to finish the rest of chapter 6 and begin chapter 7 during the next session."
"Today was one of our last sessions of Algebra. We began a little bit of geometry, but some parts were confusing, so I am going to have to look for an easier way to teach geometry in a way that he likes and understands."
"We talked about the basic vocabulary of geometry informally. We also talked about basic logic and truth tables. The student has a very good mathematical intuition that I hope to foster as we move into the more geometric aspect of geometry. Next time I will have a text for us to follow and give him a few problems to work on his own."
"Today we finished with our survey of geometry, going through trigonometry, three-dimensional solids, and trigonometric applications. The student quickly picked up on how to use the trigonometric relations, especially after I introduced her to the unit circle. We also covered a number of trigonometric identities, and the student was able to use them to construct a few simple proofs."
"We reviewed basic geometry concepts including angles, area, perimeter. The student had worked through some mixed practice problems and we went through the ones that she didn't quite know how to complete. We then spent the rest of the time working through a mix of geometry problems. She is very good at being able to reason and find information that is not readily given. Her weakest area is in algebra which is understandable given that she has not yet taken that class. She can usually set up the problem based on her geometry knowledge but not arrive at a final answer because it involves working through the algebra. She plans to work on tackling word problems in the upcoming weeks as we are not scheduled to meet until after school starts."
"-Today we went over practice problems about geometric shapes, instruction on interior and exterior angles, and practice problems about interior and exterior angles. -No scores noted, but for the practice problems I had him try to approach them first, a"
"The student and I worked out of a Geometry workbook. We went over similar triangles, congruent triangles, special triangles, circles, 2-column proofs, and Pythagorean theorem. All the problems in the workbook were fairly basic and straightforward, and the student had no problem in solving them. I am going to look for a more comprehensive textbook or worksheets that have more complex problems which will enable the student to fully grasp the concepts we went over."
"We went over a preview of topics from geometry. We first went over a review of the previous session's topics, including parallel and perpendicular line theories. We went most heavily over the proofs in the student's workbook, as well as triangle congruence theorems. Overall, the student seemed to understand the material very well."
"Today's session with the student went very well. We are starting to get past the review of logic and her previous math and start working on proofs for geometry. Her main focus is on her just being comfortable with the subject so it wont be completely new next year. No concerns for this session."