Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to work on problems dealing with similar triangles, where the student showed improvement. We also looked at the topics of trigonometry (with the purpose of finding measurements in a right triangle) and dilation. The student continued to demonstrate knowledge of the terminology. All of the problems that we went over were from his final exam review packet. I left him with the task of reviewing as much of the packet as we had gone over to see how much of it he feels comfortable with."
"We went over the math work that needed to be done. This was mostly focused in algebra and much less in geometry. She seems to need some further instruction in algebra. This might help her follow geometry a little better."
"In this session with the student, we spent the first half reviewing Biology, and the second half reviewing Geometry. For Biology, he has a test coming up next week regarding cellular respiration and the body systems. Thus, we reviewed respiration, circulation and the lymphatic system in order to better prepare him for the test. He has a natural drive to learn, so every session is full of questions and he truly seems to engage himself in the material. For that reason, I have no doubt he will do very well. When we moved on to Geometry, we did some practice problems regarding similarity in triangles because he has a test on that next week as well. He has a very good grasp on this material, but he tends to work very fast, usually succumbing to minor mistakes because he fails to copy down the problem wrong or makes a minor algebraic error. Thus, I told him to work a bit slower and really read every part of the problem so as to make sure he doesn't skip over anything. I look forward to hearing how the student does on his two tests next week, and so long as he maintains his current study strategies, I am confident he will be successful."
"We worked on honing his overall approach to the ACT and reading skills, completing two reading passages."
"First it was good to hear that the student got a B on his Chapter 6 exam; which was an improvement from his last exam. We'll keep working harder to get an A. Today we focused on Chapter 7: Conjectures About Similarity. We worked on 7.4-7.6 challenge problems first which involved two proofs and one algebraic problem. One of the proofs was a bit challenging as it required him to go back to previously learned subjects in the class dating back to Chapters 2 and 3. I was happy to see him knowing which chapters he needed to reference in order to site the correct theorem or postulate. By doing this, he demonstrated that he is actually retaining the material much better than he thinks he is. We also went over the quizzes for 7.1-7.3. The student had not done well on quick 7.3 and I was able to identify the area of difficulty for him. It was figuring out the right ratios when dealing with similar polygons, specifically similar triangles. We worked on a few more problems from his homework that involved ratios of similar triangles. Time did not permit us to cover all the homework problems, thus the focus was on the more difficult ones as well as all the assigned problems for 7.6: dilation. Working on dilation gave me the opportunity to really focus on setting up ratios with the student. I really felt that he understood it very well as we progressed through the problems. I was happy to see that even though he did not feel like doing more homework, he realized the areas he needed help with and had a great attitude working through them. Overall, I feel that this was the best session so far. He was very engaged and focused for the full session."
"We went through one of the Advanced Geometry learning tools, and one of the Intermediate Geometry learning tools. This built on the parallel lines that we talked about last week, as well as reviewed some of the volume/surface area problems we went over in December. We also did some of the problems from the practice test that covered parallel lines and angle theorems (vertical, corresponding, alternate interior, and alternate exterior)."