Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I went over indirect proofs. We started with doing some homework problems, and she did a great job doing these proofs and didn't really have any big issue with it. I thought she did very well with these proofs compared to the direct proofs. After doing the homework proofs, we then went over some problems she got incorrect on the test. There were 3 questions and she understood what the correct answer was. We then did some practice with indirect proofs and a direct proof, and there were no troubles with that. Overall, she was excellent today, knew the steps on how to do indirect proofs, and applied them very well in the problems we did today."
"Today, the student and I went over proofs. We tried to work through three of the extra practice proofs that came with the online textbook where you had to insert the different reasons and statements. We eventually got the right answer, but we will continue to work on proofs and problems from the book so that the student knows exactly how to choose and layout the statements and reasons herself. I believe she really knows how to recognize which theorems or postulates to use; it's just a matter of being able to follow the thought process from beginning to end. We will cement how to do that before her exam in 2 weeks."
"Today, the student and I worked on a review for his midterm. We practiced proofs relating to similar triangles. He did not struggle with the material and had a positive attitude throughout our session. I included strategies to simplify complex solutions and convey certain concepts. I look forward to our next session."
"Today, the student and I worked on four homework problems dealing with parallelograms, rhombuses, and triangles. The problems we worked on were all proof-based. She was very knowledgeable on the material, and she just needed some help taking the first steps and confirming the steps she took were valid."
"Today, the student and I worked on her most recent topic in class. They have started to study points of concurrence. This includes the use of medians, altitudes, and angle and perpendicular bisectors of triangles. There is a lot of new vocabulary in this section, so we spent time reviewing each term and its relationship to the other new concepts. We then went through her assigned homework exercises, where she needed to answer both vocab and calculation-based questions. She did well with the diagrams and solving the equations. We practiced recognizing what to look for in the diagram, to indicate what point of concurrence you have, which tells you what properties to apply. I recommended that she spend some more time with the vocabulary definitions since the majority of the exercises require you to understand the subtle differences in construction. Overall, she is doing very well for the first time seeing this material."
"Today, the student and I worked on preparing him for his upcoming geometry quiz and chemistry exam. We went through two sections of Math practice problems and covered theorems related to midpoints, perpendicular angle bisectors, and equidistance. He did a great job with the content and seemed to catch on quickly. The only problems he struggled with were the ones he attempted to do in his head, but he was incredibly accurate when writing out all of the work. In Chemistry, he initially struggled to understand the periodic trends for atomic radius, but he eventually was able to explain the concepts in his own words. I highly, highly recommend he carefully read the textbook and take detailed notes on the definitions and periodic trends before his exam Thursday."