Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed probability with geometry. We discussed the concepts that involved a shape within a shape, and then the student completed his homework assignment for the week. After that, we reviewed the previous sections in order to prepare for his test that is coming. Next week we will be reviewing for his final test. Awesome session today! Very productive!"
"We recapped things he had already learned and confirmed that his grades were on track to get better. I emphasized again the importance of just doing math when faced with a difficult geometry problem. I reminded the student to try a bunch of strategies when taking his test. His geometrical intuition has markedly improved."
"She got her quiz/test back on surface area and volume and we reviewed the problems that she didn't get correct. After that, we spent the remainder of the time working on the current chapter which covers the equations of circles, ellipses and completing the square. She could easily complete these problems. Since we had a little bit of time left, we worked ahead and I went over the notes and a problem on hyperbolas so that when she learns this week she will have already been through it."
"During our first meeting, we effectively engaged the student's interest and skill in preparing for his geometry quiz. We worked through a few questions and are planning on completing our work together tomorrow. Topics included: areas of trapezoids, parallelograms, circles, etc."
"In this session we covered volume as it pertains to similar objects. We reviewed the concepts of scale factor as it pertains to area and volume, then reviewed the homework assigned by the student's teacher. We finished with review and I made up some problems for him to solve."
"Monday's session began with introductions and an overview of what the student has been covering. He was just tested on the properties of quadrilaterals and is now solving application problems for area and perimeter. During our session together, he and I primarily concentrated on resolving some conceptual difficulties he was having with the properties of parallelograms, kites, and trapezoids. In order to clarify these concepts, I worked with him to develop a proof for certain properties using information we already knew. At one point, he discovered through this proof process that he had mixed up which angles were congruent in the kite! I tried to explain to him that solving a proof or a problem in geometry was a lot like playing a good game of chess - you always want to be thinking several moves ahead. By simply asking him why he was making each statement and helping him to determine how to best prove the beginning statement to be true, I was able to get him back on a more logical path. I left him with a few cheat sheets to help him through solving future problems and proofs, but I think review of theorems and postulates from the previous semester will help the student as he goes forward so that he is able to use all the tools in his toolbox to help him solve future proofs."