Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Geometry projects (sequence formula, circle project). 30-60-90/45-45-90 triangles, simple trigonometry, perimeter and area of circles, triangles, trapezoids. Physics: conservation of energy equation (potential energy, kinetic energy, etc.)."
"The first part of the student's geometry final was comprehensive and free response. The second part will be multiple choice. He, once again, felt confident walking out of his geometry exam. This topic is his strongest (relative to chemistry), and I have no doubts that he will secure his grade (B or higher). We spent the hour going over more difficult problems in preparation for the multiple choice section. In my experience, multiple choice math exams typically ask more difficult questions because students are given a choice of answers. We spent time completing practice problems in variable format, and also reviewed questions on equations of circles and lines. He has been a great student this past month and I had a great time working with him. I hope all the best for him in his academic and athletic endeavors next year!"
"The student got an 87 on her Chapter 11 retake! We prepared for her Chapter 12 test. She worked on review problems. She was pretty on top of the formulas she needed to know. She needs to review these a bit more and make sure to double check her work for computation errors."
"Because we had gone over all her review material, the student and I decided to use the exam for extra practice. We did two practices yesterday, and I also answered some last minute questions she had. She was very confident with all the topics on it. She even said the exam seemed very easy. We checked the answers at the end of the session and only two questions were incorrect, so I am confident she will do well on her final exam."
"The student and I reviewed for her final exam. We went over the review packet she had from class. Although she had answered the questions in class, she worked with a group and did not understand how to get all the answers. We worked through them until she was able to explain every problem to me. I saw a huge improvement over a few weeks ago in her ability to recognize and use special right triangles. The student struggled a bit with the compound volume problem, but was able to answer my follow up questions after she completed the example from class. I left her with a formula review sheet and a list of formulas and rules to put on her note card."
"The student seemed confident and skilled in the concepts. Today, we expanded further on the study of triangles by beginning to examine basic trigonometry, including the six trig functions and their interrelationships, rotational and reference angles, and the ratios of the special right triangles. The student seemed to understand the material; we will practice it more tomorrow, though."
"We covered topics that would be on her quiz such as volume, area and surface area. We then covered topics that would be on her final such as circle geometry and area of regular polygons. She understood the material and asked specific questions."
"The student and I spend time on proofs. We did a few proofs together without the books guidance and compared them to the book. We talked about how you always start with a given statement and then talk about what you know because of that given statement and how this process goes on until you've proved all the parts that are needed for the final declaration of whatever was trying to be proven."
"We reviewed geometry homework the student has done so far, then wrapped up our coverage of similarity and congruence in triangles, including all the referenced theorems as a groundwork for our proofs unit later."
"Today we continued doing work that will prepare him for the next test; this consists of theorems related to angles and chords within circles. At times he struggled with how to form his equations (meaning which value to place in which spot), but with practice he can succeed in understanding any concept. His next test will be on Friday; I think he will again do quite well."
"Much progress was made during today's session. We went over proofs. We started with a worksheet of various given statements, and wrote down conclusions that could be drawn from each one. Next we went over the different ways to prove triangles congruent, such as side angle side, angle side angle, etc. This led to the theorem 'corresponding parts of congruent triangles are congruent', which we also practiced with. We then completed two proofs that used these concepts. We ended the session by going over the features of various quadrilaterals. He was able to work his way through the proofs we completed today. He understands the statements used, but sometimes has trouble putting them in order."
"The student and I worked on his homework that consisted of practice assessment test questions. He was able to finish an assessment test that I asked him to do on his own and he did very well on it. He has progressed within the time that he spent with me. He does not seem like he is having any issues with most of the assessment test type questions except for a few topics here and there. The student and I will continue to work on proofs together to help him earn some partial credit on the assessment test."