Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked through different techniques and theorems for proving triangle similarity. While going over problems in his packet, the student seemed to do pretty well once he got down the basic concepts and prerequisite material. I would encourage him to re-review the information from the chapter before attempting the problems, so the basics are fresh in his head and he has a good starting point."
"Nick is having some trouble with triangle proofs. So, we spent the session trying out a different method to approach them as well as numerous practice problems. While he still needs to practice on his own, he had a much better handle on them and was able work through most of them with some assistance. I worked with him to try and identify what is given to us, then figure out, by elimination, which triangle theorem to use."
"The student has a test tomorrow in Geometry. The class was asked by their teacher to review the end of chapter practice test section in his book, which we did. Problems dealt with the uses and manipulations of the Pythagorean Theorem. The student understands very well how to use the theorem and its multiple manipulations, as well as the consequences of special triangles (45-45-90, 30-60-90, etc...) and resulting corresponding side length ratios. He was very strong in many of the main types of problem solving. We even came upon a great problem which seemed impossible at first. We were stuck, and began sketching out possible solutions. With a simple nudge to begin labeling the diagram, he happened upon two separate equations, with two unknowns, and it struck us that we were able to create a system of equations to ultimately solve an initially confusing problem."
"The student is currently working on area problems involving composite figures. We worked through her homework assignments with little issue. We finished with 20 minutes to spare, so we reviewed areas from the last six-week period. She appeared to be comfortable with all the areas. We ended the session with the relation of secants and tangents to infinitesimals."
"The student's class has started covering reflective coordinates and there was an assigned homework packet that we went over. The material involves a lot of coordinate geometry and I am seeing serious improvement in his x,y coordinate plotting compared to the previous semester. Overall, he seems to have a solid understanding of reflective geometry and is prepared for the upcoming classwork."
"The first student and I reviewed his review/challenge worksheet. He took his chapter 9 test yesterday and he feels confident that he did well. He was able to complete the worksheet without too much trouble, I did notice that he is a little rusty on working with polynomials (factoring, etc.). The second student worked on his review worksheet in preparation for his "Qu/est" tomorrow on trigonometry-based right triangles. He was struggling with the concepts until we went back and analyzed how to identify which trigonometric function to utilize, based on what information each diagram provides. I reinforced the SOHCAHTOA acronym in setting up many of the solutions."