Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student hadn't got her test back yet, but she felt pretty good about most of it. The next unit is on perimeter and area. The biggest challenge is that the groups were reassigned in class, and she is with a smart, but not helpful student who has shut her ideas down. She, then, was under the impression that she was wrong. Not so! With the math curriculum she is using, there is more than one right way to work a problem. The important part is being able to justify why she did it a certain way. A lot of the learning comes from discussing different ways to do things. How are they similar? How are they different? In what situations might we want to use this way? And this one? Much of her work was totally correct, she just had thought about it differently than the other student. We did go over a few things that she had questions about, mostly about constructing the altitude of a triangle to be able to use it for the height to find the area of the triangle. One big plus for her is that she remembers substitution very well, so we didn't have to go over that."
"We covered Chapter 3 over Parallel and Perpendicular Lines; Sect. 3.6 over Lines in the Coordinate Plane; and did problems at the end of each section."
"Today's session was over applying deductive reasoning, using postulates, and diagrams. We did various problems on comparing inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning."
"Today we went over similar and congruent shapes, scale factors, and postulates, including SAS, SSS, ASA, and AAA to determine whether triangles were congruent or similar. We went through examples and practice problems to practice using proportions and postulates. We will continue practice tomorrow."
"The student continued to work through his geometry packet. Today the material was focusing on parallel lines, and the relationships of angles made by transverse lines. The material was very dense. He got a C on his algebra final that we reviewed for last week, which he was happy about. I'm glad that our session helped him get a score he was satisfied with; hopefully we can shoot for a B on the next test."
"The student and I have been focusing primarily on geometry for a quiz that he had last Friday. He has become very good at identifying special triangles. He has learned that a 45,45,90 has two equal sides and a hypotenuse that is larger than each side by a factor of root 2. He has learned that in a 30,60,90 triangle, the shortest side is adjacent to the 60 angle or opposite the 30 angle. The longer side opposite the 60 is larger than the smallest side by a factor of root 3 and the hypotenuse is twice the shortest side. He has also done well with his first attempts at trigonometry. He learned SohCahToa which represents the three basic relationships of trig."