Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I spent the first couple of minutes asking the student questions about his current study habits, structure of his geometry class, his weekly syllabus and academic goals for the year. I noted that he currently uses a folder and his textbook to store homework assignments and notes. So the first order of business was working on organization, which makes way for better study habits. The majority of the time was spent covering topics from chapter 7 to prepare him for his exam retake. Topics included: areas of parallelograms, the Pythagorean theorem, special right triangles, areas of trapezoids and kites, areas of regular polygons, circles and arcs, areas of circles and sectors and geometric probability. We did not finish reworking his old exam problems, so I created a solutions manual and e-mailed it to his mother for use in his studies. Initially, I prepared materials for chapter 8 (a document of quick notes and roughly 20 practice problems). Due to the urgency of the chapter 7 exam retake, we opted to postpone chapter 8 material and this document was also e-mailed to the student's mother. On an additional note, it appears he is very intelligent and comfortable with the theorems and materials of geometry. Looking over his graded exam, simple mathematical errors are his biggest pitfall. From my understanding he also took the exam without a calculator. Small adjustments in the future will positively resonate with his grades. I look forward to working more with him to round out his studying and exam taking strategies."
"The student and I studied review problems for his final test of the quarter. He expects to have all test scores for the quarter available soon, so that we can more specifically evaluate his progress."
"We primarily covered planar geometry. Specifically we covered intersections of planes and a line, the foot of lines, perpendicular and parallelism in planes, and how to construct skew lines. We finished the session by quickly reviewing force mass and acceleration and how to calculate weight."
"We covered parabolas, completing the squares, and quadratic equations. I solved an example, and explained the process and why the algebra flows as it does. I then gave him a practice problem and provided correction where necessary."
"The student and I went over a review packet for a district test he has tomorrow. We went through the whole packet, picking out questions he wasn't sure on or that I wanted to make sure he was confident on, including giving answers in terms of a variable, definitions of geometry terms, and parallel lines/ transversals. By the end he had refreshed himself on these terms and was able to do questions I gave him correctly."
"The student and I focused on algebra concepts and how they relate geometrically. He understands the geometric concepts but has trouble with algebra. To become more efficient in processing his geometric work, he needs to practice the underlying algebra. And we discussed that he needs a steady, daily regimen to work on these algebraic practices."