Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over the material that the student had for homework. We went over the formulas for area and perimeter and circumference for rectangles, triangles, and circles. Then we went over the distance formula and the midpoint formula. The student was quite focused, and he was able to grasp the concepts immediately."
"The student and I worked on one last practice tests together. She needs to read carefully on the questions. She also needs to double check her work to see if she is answering what the question is looking for."
"During this session, we worked on preparation for the student's final exams. Overall, it went very well. She was more confident than I had ever seen her, especially in determining when to use slope, length, and distance, even in multi-step problems. She also did very well using supplementary and complementary angles to find missing angles within triangles and circles. We did have to review corresponding and alternate angles, since she was the least confident with these. However, after several examples, she was much more successful. We spent a good deal of time reviewing proofs, since these have been a stumbling block for her in the past. However, we established a framework of steps she should use for each proof (first, label all givens and reflexives, then see if any other conclusions can be drawn from existing information, then write out a quick plan with the appropriate congruency shortcut and the reason for each, and finally write the proof, beginning with all givens, followed by each piece of the shortcut, and ending with either the congruency shortcut or "corresponding parts of congruent triangles are congruent"). This gave her a pattern to follow and was helpful in giving her a place to start."
"Today we did area and perimeter for quadrilaterals and triangles. We started with some general concept questions, then worked through the types of problems on his homework, and finally did some extension problems that involved proving a fact about the area of a triangle, and using strategic thinking to approach a multi-step problem."
"We went over some problems the student struggled with on a homework worksheet on radicals. She had to rationalize the denominator, which she didn't have an issue doing, and simplify radicals consisting of variables."
"We went over a previous homework assignment and a new one on using trig functions and their inverses. The student did really well with these and definitely got the hang of it by the end of class."