Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a test tomorrow in geometry that she wanted to review for. She had a quiz, so we started there to go over the things that she got incorrect. We then went through all her notes and problems that were assigned in class. The topics that we covered included finding interior and exterior angles of polygons and how to classify polygons (parallelograms, rectangles, rhombi, squares). We also went over how to classify a polygon given coordinate points. I felt that the student had a pretty good grasp of all the information."
"The student and I reviewed geometry topics for his quiz tomorrow. I first had him practice proofs specifically covering parallel lines cut by a transversal line. The student has a strong grasp of all geometry concepts. If he is stumped however, he often looks to me for immediate guidance. I encouraged him to think it through and consider all concepts he's learned. Yesterday he showed great progress and I didn't have to directly help him think of the answer to any proofs. We also reviewed other algebra-based geometry problems that will be covered on the quiz. I am confident he can do well."
"The student had not been at school for a few days, but her teacher posted some content online to begin preparing for the final. We worked through the first and second chapter of the review which covered a wide array of material. This included area, perimeter, midpoints, distance, some basic angle facts, and some basic logic. A good start to succeeding on the final."
"Yesterday's session was spent reviewing for today's test. The test covered all of chapter 5 except for one section. The student and I went through every relevant section thoroughly. We discussed the theorems and how to apply them. Together, we went through many practice problems and she did well on them. By the end of the session, she was picking up on patterns more quickly and was able to determine when to apply each theorem. There was a large amount of vocab to learn for this unit and I stressed that she needed to study. A lot of the new terms are very similar and can be difficult to distinguish from one another if they are not studied for a sufficient amount of time. The student did well on the practice problems I assigned her."
"Got ahead of teacher by completing review lessons in book. Covered formulas for calculating angles of multi-angled shapes and exterior angles. Also practiced using distance and slope formulas to prove parallelograms."
"The student and I completed problems in preparation for her upcoming assessment on solving quadratic equations (factoring, the Xbox method, the quadratic formula, square rooting). To complete the session, she wrote down how to solve each problem step-by-step."
"Continued to work on two column proofs. This time beginning to focus on angle relationships. At the end of session, the student did two proofs on his own. He is making many good connections and should be confident in his ability to solve these and he just needs to struggle to overcome the roadblocks that every student encounters doing proofs."
"The student and I worked on proofs involving the supplement and complement congruent angle theorems, the right angles theorem, and the right angle supplementary theorem. We also used the properties of equality and the transverse, substitution, symmetric and reflexive properties of equality. We reviewed the terms linear pair, and the segment/angle addition postulates."
"I met the student's family at this session. We discussed what the parents thought the student could most benefit from during the sessions and I got an overview of his geometry course. The student and I focused on developing a plan for solving unknown sides of right triangles using the Pythagorean Theorem. We also worked on problems involving line segment lengths where there are unknown segment lengths that must be solved for using other known segment lengths. I emphasized the benefit of making representative equations and completing any algebra before plugging in numbers in order to minimize mistakes."
"The student and I began by talking about right triangles and how to apply knowledge of their properties in a couple word problems. We also looked at a homework problem about rhombuses and how to map one onto a coordinate plane. This question required us to touch on a few different concepts, so it took a good amount of the session."
"Reviewed transitive property for parallel and perpendicular lines. Refreshed student on properties of parallel and perpendicular lines. Spent a lot of time on proofs, paragraph proofs, flow proofs, and column proofs. Assisted student with homework problems."
" We reviewed what the student had done the previous week in class. I had her describe the process of constructing equilateral triangles and angle bisection using a compass. We reviewed the definition of lines, rays, line segments and points. We reviewed different types of triangles: right, obtuse, acute, scalene, isosceles and equilateral. We discussed different types of proofs: negation, contrapositive and forwards/backwards method."