Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We completed a geometry problem set as a review then did practice proofs for parallelograms and parallel and perpendicular lines. The student does well with the review problems if she has her notes so she can look up the formulas. We're going through the logic behind the formulas so she can figure out problems should she be tested and not given the formulas. The practice proofs help with this, too. She seems to be catching on with the online practice since she is given the statements and reasons and has to put them in order. She's learning the logic of how the proof is arranged. The next step will be proofs with no assistance (no statements or reasons given)."
"We worked on the pupil's homework involving the application of similar figures and scale factors. She understands the material. She most likely will have a test this week, so we looked over the chapter and reviewed."
"We reviewed the student's homework - in particular, reflections across the x-axis, y-axis and the line y=x. The student will work on her homework before the next time we meet so that we can talk about any questions she has in time for her quiz on Thursday."
"The student & I reviewed several topics and chapters in her text in an attempt to follow-up on at-home and in-class instruction with yet another set of problems after her regular homework assignment. The topics included calculating and application area of circles, Pythagorean theorem, and simplifying radicals. I have been intentionally choosing problems that challenge her level of critical thinking and allowing time for her to work through them on her own before I offer scaffolding and hints; she is noticeably progressing even to herself. I spoke explicitly about developing further her problem solving strategy and logical reasoning so that she has a more mindful, deliberate approach to solving problems rather than simply wandering through problems and not knowing exactly what to do next at intermediate steps. This is progressing as well."
"We worked on a test review that the student had for an upcoming exam, primarily focusing on the Pythagorean Theorem, and using it and the formula to find the geometric mean to determine the value of algebraic variables. The student has a good grasp on the subject, so we completed the guide and mostly practiced and strengthened the concepts."
"We worked a lot on special triangles, especially 30-60-90s, ahead of a test/quiz tomorrow. She had ground to make up, but she rose to the challenge and I am confident she has what it takes to succeed tomorrow and going forward. I gave her a couple of problem sets during the course of the lesson and an extra one to challenge her at the end."
"Today was spent continuing our study of solving for area. The main problem the student has is finding the shapes within the shapes, which is the only way to do these problems, to see the shapes that have not been explicitly given, but where there is enough information to deduce about them. For work over the next week, I told him to go over the problems again and to practice doing as many of them as he can."
"In geometry we focused on finding the angles and perimeter of rhombuses using the diagonals which she mastered pretty quickly. We then moved on the chemistry and writing and balancing equations. By the end of the session, she was balancing equations much better on her own."
"Covered trig ratios, using trig to find angle and side measures of right triangles, and used trig to solve word problems. Student is doing great with the trig concepts and is not having any issues. He is working through the word problems and getting them correct. Did many practice problems to prepare for the test he has tomorrow, but I have no concerns as he has mastered these concepts."
"He received an A on his previous test in special triangles (Yay). In this session we worked through several new topics. These included SAS, AA and SSS proofs, proportions, and proportions as applied to triangles and other polygons. The student struggled most with the proofs not because he did not understand them, but because it was more difficult for him to visualize the various parts of the proof that needed to be fulfilled. He is willing to learn. So he is an easy student to teach. During the session we reviewed each topic and then broke the fundamentals down to easier-to-understand basics, so that he could practice. I assigned him to do the practice problems in his textbook (those that have answers) if he wants to get more comfortable with the concepts."
"The student and I reviewed the material she's been learning in class the past couple of days- Special Right Triangles and an introduction to Trig. I encouraged her to solve problems and explain her methods as she worked through each problem. She was very open to explaining herself each step. This allowed me to pause her at certain parts and clarify what she was doing. At the end of each problem, she was able to go back and explain the steps to solve each problem. Though she had gone over these topics in class, this session gave her more practice with what was done in class, but also allowed her to understand core concepts that may not have been clear when being initially taught in class. Great first session! She is very cooperative. She struggles with memorizing rules and formulas, but I've provided her with tips and methods that I will continue to remind her of as we continue."
"Went over a previous test that the student struggled with. She was attentive and engaged. We went through each question on the test making sure she understood where she previously went wrong on some questions and how to properly solve each problem. She and her mom recognize that the best way to reinforce the concepts is with additional problems so she vows to spend more time on geometry from here on out."