Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent the majority of our session today completing a geometry project where he was required to construct a city map with different geometry terms. We reviewed the definitions of angle bisector, coplanar, collinear, perpendicular, parallel, corresponding angles, perpendicular angles, opposite angles, and transecting angles for his project. We then used these terms and definitions to draw a city map that exemplified each of these ideas. The student showed great understanding of the material and definitions today and was able to utilize his knowledge from class to construct a nice map that used the terms required."
"For our first session, I began by asking the student questions regarding her math history, her performance in the current math class she is in, her learning and study strategies, and her teacher's teaching style. She scored a 97 on her first test which helps offset her second test score. Today we spent much of our session going over every problem she got wrong on the second test. We discussed strategies to eliminate avoidable mistakes. We also discussed how to convert written sentences into mathematical terms and equations. For instance, if angle 1 and angle 2 are both supplementary to angle 3, then we can convert that into: angle 1 + angle 3 = 180 and angle 2 + angle 3 = 180. Sometimes, she wasn't sure where to start in terms of solving the problems, but once we identified how, she understood and could finish. This suggests to me that she needs to study more before her exams and do more practice problems. That way, come test time, she will recognize what the questions are looking for and can get started solving them quicker. If she works hard and we meet every week, she should be able to improve her math performance!"
" We worked on the student's homework dealing with two column proofs involving SSS and SAS triangle congruencies."
"The student is thinking about taking the state assessment exam this year instead of next year as she initially planned. If she decides to do this, we will need to cover the second half of the course in the next month. I think she has the skills to pass, but if she decides to take the exam this year, we will need to accelerate our pace. As her mom requested, I gave her a multiple choice section from an old exams for homework. We will continue going over old exams and going over any concepts that she hasn't learned yet."
"Today, the student and I discussed concepts including geometric proofs, including direct and indirect. We also discussed geometric transformations, including translation and dilation. This session he was more engaged. He was enthusiastic to try the homework problems. I asked him to review concepts of proofs again by going over similar examples before doing the homework problems. I offered him an explanation of translations and dilations. This was a good session. He was doing better with remembering previous concepts and approaching homework problems."
"I tried to focus my session on gaining a general sense of the materials being covered in the student's geometry class, and the types of problems that he struggles the most with. We went over several of his old tests and quizzes and discussed what went wrong in the problems that he missed. We covered a lot of content relating to trigonometry (solving right triangles, etc.), and the Pythagorean theorem. We went over radical expressions, how to simplify them, and how to rationalize denominators. We ended by briefly discussing areas of several shapes and properties of circles (tangents being perpendicular to radii, etc.)."