Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the theorems about parallelograms, worked out problems that far vertices and asked to determine whether a they formed a parallelogram, we used the information regarding the diagonals and angles to solve for other unknown variables."
"The student showed me the notes from his current chapter, about finding the sum of interior angles in convex polygons, which he seems to have a handle on and told me he felt comfortable with. So, we worked on some skills that he struggled with in previous material. This included factoring, finding the missing side of a right triangle, and simplifying radicals. Of these three, we spent a majority of the time on factoring, where we did half a dozen problems together, and then he did another 6-8 on his own. He seemed more comfortable with the process, but it still took him a while to complete each problem and often times more than one attempt. He did a great job of checking his work, but if his answer didn't match like it should, he often didn't know what to do to fix the issue. I left him with the problems we did and suggested that he try them again on another sheet of paper and use our notes together as an answer sheet."
"We spent most of the time going over the law of sines and cosines and when to use each of them to find other side lengths or angles of a triangle. At the start, the student had a much better understanding of how to use the law of sines but by the end she could identify when to use each of them much more easily. We reviewed the other things briefly that were going to be on the test/quiz. We also spent a few minutes on chemistry. She had a worksheet with conversions. She knew how to tackle problems that asked to convert from grams to moles using the formula weight. The ones that were more challenging were those that required multiple steps. We went through a couple of examples like that and it seemed as if she was much better by the end."
"The student and I went over the current and most recent geometry chapters. We covered special triangles and similar triangles. We also went over how to use sines, cosines, and tangents in order to determine angles and side lengths of right triangles. We went over the student's homework as well. We also went over various practice problems that were likely test questions."
"We started by having the student finish the geometry diagnostic test we had started earlier in the week, and then we spent the rest of the session working through his take-home assignment for the break. For homework, I asked him to look back through the assignment for any errors. In our next session, we will spend some time reviewing old geometry concepts, and then practicing some algebra II."
"We finally had an opportunity to review the student's most recent test. We also went over his most recent chem test which was good on the things we worked on, such as electron configurations. We then went over his homework and that was a wrap. The next session I think we will do some timed algebra problems to get into better habits so he will not make the same little errors in the future."
"The student and I reviewed for her test tomorrow on the chapter dealing with parallelograms, rhombuses, kites, and polygon rules for finding exterior and interior angles. She seems to understand the material in this chapter a lot better than the other ones since most of it deals with very little geometry concepts and more of algebra. She feels pretty confident in the test and that she will do well. With the remaining time I helped her look over a Spanish assignment that she needs to finish for tomorrow. She needed to create a description and draw a picture for a prompt, and I helped her figure out the instructions."
"I met with the student, who is learning how to write proofs in his geometry class. He is currently working with basic properties of angles, line segments, congruency, and parallel and perpendicular lines. He appears to have a fairly strong grasp of the mechanics of proof-writing, but I was able to give him some tips on a couple proofs on which he was struggling."
"We worked problems from homework and a review packet for his upcoming final. Exercises covered proofs on triangles and parallel lines."
"The student and I spent a lot of time going through geometry theorems and proofs. She seemed to grasp everything every well, and the study materials that she made for herself were very strong. I think she'll do really well on her final today. We spent the last 20 minutes reviewing macro-molecules in biology for her exam next week. I think that with more practice, she'll have biology down cold by the time she takes her test. As I tell her, the key to succeeding in biology is pure repetition."
"We are going to cover geometry in both sessions this week, so that we can simultaneously complete current homework and go over previous practice tests the student's teacher provided him with. Today we reviewed quadrilateral principles, the logic of what special types of quadrilaterals are included under other types, and focused especially on isosceles trapezoids."
"We covered proofs and solving for x based on the sum of the angles within a triangle. She has really improved at figuring out what to do next in a proof when there is already some information filled in. She is very good when she is able to do the entire thing on her own."