Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We looked at some problems that she had problems working on her own. We learned some much-needed material that can be used to solve the problems she had problems solving. She had problems getting the correct answers because of small errors in the math calculations. She is working on those now and should do fine in the next exam."
"Today the student and I went through some practice problems that involved geometric proofs. We talked about the idea of an indirect proof or a proof by contradiction. We talked about how to use Cartesian coordinates to define the boundaries and points of a geometric shape. We discussed the midpoint formula and how to find the center of a collection of points by averaging their x and y coordinates, like if you wanted to know the center of mass of a strangely shaped rectangular object. Lastly, we went over the distance formula and how to derive it from the Pythagorean formula."
"The student's class has begun planar algebra and the postulates involved in lines, points, parallel, perpendicular and skew planes. She understands the topic conceptually."
"The student and I spent the first part of the session reviewing the study guides I prepared for chapters 8.5 and 8.6. These chapters cover proportions in triangles (side-splitter theorem, corollary theorems, triangle-angle bisector theorem) and perimeter/area of similar figures (recognizing and calculating perimeter and area ratios). The chapter 8 exam is this Tuesday, so the remainder of time was spent completing practice problems that were assigned by his instructor and part of a study packet. We completed the even numbers, and I am hopeful that he will have the odds completed by out next session so that we can review them before his exam and round out the problem areas."
"We have started moving into basic Trig in the student's book. He did a great job and only stumbled int he beginning when it came to the section on Tangent. He finished all his homework so for an hour we chose different problems (mostly word problems) and drilled them. He did a great job drawing pictures and finding answers on his own, occasionally stumbling but with minimal help. By the end of the session I was confident that he could answer any of the questions from that Chapter."
"The student and I covered ratios, proportions and different ways of solving algebraic equations that involve them. he 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."