Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did not have any homework assignments to work on this week. Instead she was working on a month long assignment that is due later in the week. It is one problem that contains a difficult question about circles inscribed in a square. The student was able to label some parts of the picture with the limited information she was given. For these difficult problems, it's important that the student learns to think outside of the box on ways to solve it and to look at the problem from every angle. The answer usually isn't the most obvious one and requires a lot of time and effort to find it."
"As always, he picked up what we were doing for the time I was with him, but he seemed to struggle with retaining what we had gone over previously. He began understanding angle, side relations for quadrilaterals better in this session. The parts we used from triangles still aren't sticking with him the way I hoped, but with more review I think he should remember."
"We worked on math today. The student is quite gifted algebraically, and only has trouble with the visual aspect of each problem. She made excellent progress in this session by getting the problem into the correct algebraic from as quickly as possible, and then solving accurately."
"During our session today, the student and I finished the lesson on proofs including inductive and deductive reasoning as well as conditional, converse, inverse and contrapositive statements. We will do the writing assignment and review during our next session."
"Today the student and I met to work on geometry. In his class they are currently covering areas of quadrilaterals. His regular teacher has been out sick and the substitute has not been covering the material at the normal pace. In our session I showed him how to find the areas of a trapezoid and a kite, as well as reinforcing how to find the area of a parallelogram or a triangle. He quickly picked up the material and was able to apply it in somewhat tricky situations with only a couple of minor errors. There was one problem on the HW that we did not solve that I figured out after, and I intend to send this along to him asap. We'll likely meet next week to work on any upcoming material."
"The student has a test on Friday. We went over arcs and cords which was part of his lecture from class today. We worked different sample problems at different degrees of difficulty. He had a very good understanding of the material."
"The student and I completed problems from his test review guide. I am confident in his ability to successfully solve the majority of the problems."
"We worked on several different problems involving transformations, angle sum of triangles, properties of triangles, and angle sum of polygons. He is great with the polygon concepts and continually imposing on the others. I left him with a quick study guide with formulas and reminders. He is also working with his teacher. I believe he will make a good grade on this test."
"For this session, the student and I mostly reviewed questions and concepts from previous quizzes that his teacher gave him copies of. We also discussed note-taking methods and strategies for maintaining focus during class. Going over questions from previous quizzes, we covered corresponding, complimentary, and supplementary angles, and further reviewed relationships between triangles. We also reviewed constructing equations from word problems based on formulas we know (such as area of a circle or rectangle). The student seemed to have a good grasp of the concepts and found the additional review helpful. He still needs to complete a previous test with his teacher that remains unfinished. He will continue to see the teacher for extra help on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will work on the homework for the remainder of the week."
"The student had a quarterly exam on Monday, so we covered review questions for that. She had a few questions on various topics, but I worked through an example problem and then guided her through the rest of the problems. She seemed comfortable with the material, but wanted more clarification on how to solve certain types of geometric problems rather than using 2 column proofs. She will review the necessary definitions and theorems, so she should be able to do well on her test."
"The student has a Geometry test tomorrow, so we spent the entire time preparing for it. Her teacher had given them a review packet that he said would be similar to the test, so we went through the entire thing together. It dealt with some simple proofs, and with altitude and median. I then wrote her an entire second practice test which I made her do with much less help in order to assure she understood the concept. Last, I wrote a couple of proofs for her to work on."
"The student has a quiz in his class coming up and had a couple subjects he just wanted to review. I first reviewed his homework, which showed a serious improvement in writing out problem-solving and very few skipped steps. After looking through the homework, we covered some mid-chapter review. He seems much more confident with point-slope and slope-intercept equations and while there were a few hiccups with SAS, SSA, ASA, etc. triangles, definitely seeing an improvement. I am confident he will do great on his upcoming quiz."