Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I helped the student complete his next homework assignment from page 28 of the his text. We worked on determining a valid approach to use in answering the questions - that is, in identifying a procedure that will lead to the answer, rather than in carrying out the procedure itself. This will become easier as he becomes more familiar with the approach."
"Today, the student completed part of his geometry project on geometric designs, vocabulary on stained glass windows and a homework sheet on dilation of geometric shapes. Our work on the geometry project today comprises about 1/3 of the overall project for the semester. We reviewed his choice of an artist (Andy Gilmore). He looked up examples of his work and sketched two similar designs based on objects found in nature (radiation and a whirlpool). We created a flow diagram showing our thought process for choosing radiation and a whirlpool (based on the requirements for a full grade) and demonstrated the use of dilation, transposition, reflection, similarity, rotation, rectangular shape, square shape, parallelogram shape, equilateral presence, isosceles triangle presence, and congruence in the two drawings. After sketching the works, he will receive feedback in class then redraw the images with a ruler/protractor to create his "stained glass geometric window." Additionally, we reviewed the principle of dilation and completed his 5-question geometry homework. Finally, we looked through his biology notes in preparation for his semester exams next week. Before we meet next Tuesday, he is to read though the notes packet once a day and refresh his memory on important content. He has all As and Bs in classes, so we are trying to continue boosting his grades to maintain stable performance during the exam period. I left him with biology review and one last problem in geometry on dilation to complete, in addition to reviewing the biology notes, before our next session."
"It was good to get back to teaching the student after winter break. We worked on radicals and rational exponents and converting between the two. She at first had trouble when there were multiple variables involved or when you had to combine multiple terms into a single term, but we were able to break it down step by step and make things work. I think that the key for her to see more success (and this applies to most students) is to be more organized and put in a little bit of time everyday to make sure she can do at least one problem from each section."
"The student let me know that her score on her most recent exam was an improvement upon her previous score; with that bit of good news, we set to work preparing for her next upcoming exam, a more general introduction to geometry's basic figures and formulas. She struggled initially in recalling the names of different polygons, but a few mnemonic devices helped to mollify that situation. From there, we reviewed the differences between parallel, intersecting, and perpendicular lines. We wrapped up the session by going over area and perimeter formulas for rectangles and circles, then backtracked to discuss complementary and supplementary angles. She considers herself a visual learner, so it helped greatly to walk her through these concepts by building basic diagrams of each shape and slowly complicating them further in increments to build up her confidence with each subject. She concluded our session with the ability to differentiate and classify different lines and polygons, and was capable of using given information to find the measure of a designated angle."
"The student worked on his homework and then we practiced chapter 3 to prepare him for his test that he is going to retake at school. He was able to understand a majority of the concepts that were taught and apply them effectively. He and I worked mainly on learning to apply postulates and theorems while working with parallel lines and angles."
"The student and I worked on some worksheets in preparation for a test tomorrow. The concepts were the translation, reflection, rotation, and dilation of geometric shapes on a coordinate plane. She understood the material and mainly wanted to increase her proficiency. She had other worksheets on which she could practice. Her last grade was a 95, and her average is improving."