Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student continued to work on quadratic formulas, this time learning about vertex and intercept form. Once we got the ball rolling, we were able to establish a pretty straightforward and effective method of converting one form to another, and then making use of what that form gives up to graph the function. We talked about end behavior, concavity, and y intercepts (which she seemed to struggle a bit with). She didn't have her book so we weren't able to look at her homework, but I think she is well prepared for it. I'll be trying to schedule future sessions a bit earlier in the day."
"I worked with the students on their geometry study guide. The questions all consisted of graphing some points, finding a shape, and proving things about that shapes. For example, 3 points could be graphed to form a triangle. The problem would then ask for a translation over a certain line with a scale factor to create a new triangle. Then, the problem asked them to prove that the triangles were similar. The types of conclusions in the proofs ranged from similar triangles, the shape is a rhombus/square/parallelogram, or congruency in shapes. The Pythagorean theorem was used often in the proving steps as well as the midpoint formula occasionally. Student 2 could get through all of the calculations very quickly, but would slow down when writing the proof in a formal format. Student 1 was slow on the calculations, but quicker on the formal proof. Overall, the students both seemed very prepared for their exam."
"The student and I reviewed parallelograms, rectangles, squares, rhombi, trapezoids and kites. We worked on proofs incorporating all of the properties of the shapes, as well as properties of parallel lines and right triangles."
"During this session, the student and I worked on homework involving triangle congruency and proofs. She has improved a lot on naming angles correctly and identifying corresponding pieces, but she still occasionally has trouble identifying her congruency shortcuts. She would also occasionally draw in right angles or other things that couldn't be concluded from the given information. We concentrated on taking each piece of given information one bit at a time, and making sure that all our conclusions were valid before marking our triangles. We also practiced identifying shortcuts, and reading the angles and sides in order."
"During our session, the student and I worked on his writing assignment for conditional statements, which included inverses, converses, and contrapositives. We then completed the lesson four review sheet. After that, he took the conditional statement quiz."
"We spent preparing for a geometry exam. The student had reviewed problems from class and we went over some problems that she was having trouble with. After covering similar triangles, and how to apply corresponding sides, we worked on some test strategies like finding triangles and formal proofs."