Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I went over his 3 challenging problem sets. The first two, involving finding the measure of an angle bisector and finding the difference between the supplement and the complement of an angle, were found to be easy to solve for him. The third one, involving finding the ratio of line segments based on given data about line bisectors, was more challenging. After those, I taught him about vertical angles and linear pairs. He finished his homework for that section."
"Today, we worked on the review for the student's first geometry exam and made a study guide to remind her of key concepts. She was able to reason through all the problems with little difficulty. She just needs to make sure she reads the problems carefully and makes sure that she knows if a component is a midpoint or not. You can't assume it is unless it says so. If she has any questions before the exam she can email me!"
"Today, we worked through proofs involving triangle congruence. We reviewed the ASA, SSS, and SAS theorems to prove congruence as well as the base-angle theorem and its converse. The student is getting noticeable more comfortable with the process of proof-writing! I'm amazed by how far she seems to have come since our last session. She benefits from having a sounding board while sequencing her proofs, but the steps are all there!"
"Today, we worked through the first half of her geometry homework surrounding angle proofs. Her teacher assigned this section and it is due, according to the student, in two weeks, so she wanted to divide it up between two sessions and only meet for one hour, which was fine. We reached a good stopping point at the end of the hour. It took her a while to really grasp the concept of how complementary and supplementary angles worked into a proof and the calculations necessary when given algebraic measurements, but by the time we finished, she said she felt much more comfortable with the material, and it seemed to be coming more easily to her. We did discuss the idea of Numeracy Ninjas, to which she said she would like to do some research into it to see if she was interested. I think it would be a good practice for her, given that her mental math skills have some points of weakness, a shown in her algebra work."
"Today, when I met with my student, we began by covering the concept of rotation. This time, he had a homework assignment that we were able to work on. We did all six of his homework questions with very few mistakes. After each mistake, I would make sure to explain why it was wrong; he seemed to understand. We then began working on a few worksheets that he brought for practice. We went through a few pages before we ran into the issue of him not bringing a protractor again. Luckily, we ended up being able to complete other pages because they dealt with 90, 180, and 270 degree rotations (which he had a sheet that contained the equations for such rotations). He seemed to understand the concepts from the homework that we completed that dealt with those rotations. The only issue that I noticed he was having today was that he rushes too much. I would tell him to slow down and try to focus on what I'm saying at the moment or what he is reading. Overall, he did very well today."
"Today's lesson largely focused on the types of angles present with a transverse line across two parallel lines, and on the similarity of shapes based on their angles. We also hit some review problems covering algebra and probability, and got through both sections of the student's homework that he needed to do to catch up."