Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered ratios, proportions and different ways of solving algebraic equations that involve them. We spent most of the time practicing the cross multiply method (means and extremes) and also covered real world examples of ratios. We also explored the topic of 'similarity' in geometry."
"Today we went over 8.1 Pythagorean Theorem and the student grasped the concepts really well. I have left her with practice problems which we will review later on next week."
"In this session we covered a variety of problems from several worksheets. The problems we specifically reviewed involving the ratios of the sides of triangles and bearing problems. An easy way to go about problems of sides of triangles using proportions is to become familiar with the formulas like the leg rule and the geometric mean of an altitude. I shared these with the student. As for bearing problems, drawing a sketch is key and to do so well one must understand the problem. Thus, I plan to keep on working with the student to facilitate her ability to sketch these problems, for this practicing more problems may be best."
"For this session, the student and I focused on practicing on proving that triangles are similar using SAS and AAA theorems. The student also had a practice test that required the same formulas. We continued to review the exam and practiced problems involving proving triangles similar."
"Covered translations and rotations. The student needed clarity and additional practice. She was receptive and engaged in the material. Did lots of practice problems and employed several visual learning strategies. Very good second session!"
"We looked at circle properties and how to use them to solve problems. Specifically we went over tangent, chord, arc, and angle properties. Then we worked problems using these properties. We also went over some area formulas and how to use them together. We worked word problems using the area formulas. I suggested making flash cards for the properties as a study skill."
"In this session, we went over concepts and did exercises on lines, angles, and zero product property. The student did well on solving equations. And the fluency of solving geometry problems is increasing as well. We learned to add the given information on the figure to help us understand the relationship between angles, lines and segments. We will keep working on getting information and relations between variables based on the given question. The student was very focused and engaged in this session. He was active in solving the problems. For next session, we will keep working on assigned homework."
"The student and I spent the session going over both test corrections for his previous quiz and also going over a little bit of his homework for the night. The quiz was mostly composed of working with trig functions and the homework was covering law of sines and law of cosines."
"We worked on the student's homework over angles of elevation and depression. We set up and solved the problems using mostly the tangent function. We then looked forward at the next section over law of sines and cosines."
"Reviewed more homework problems involving 2-column proofs. Also reviewed the unit circle; converting radian to degree and degree to radian problems; and finding the sin, cos, and tan to standard angles in the unit circle."
"The student is almost completely caught up with the material that she had missed. This evening, the student and I worked on classifying quadrilaterals by angle and side characteristics: she did extremely well. After that, we moved to solving problems involving quadrilaterals. The student and I also worked on simplifying radical expressions. After showing the student an alternate method, she was 100% successful. We ended the session by using our discussion of the edge effect in biology to reinforce critical thinking skills."
"The student had just taken a quiz and did not have much new material to cover. We went over the most recent lesson's more difficult problems and previewed the coming lesson on applications of similar triangles. There was one problem we couldn't figure out, but the student is going to ask his teacher about it. He thought he did well on his quiz barring a few careless mistakes, which he said was impressive since the quiz made some of the smarter students cry."