Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over two of the student's challenging problems involving finding the measure of an angle involving a plane with vertical angles, linear pairs, and complementary angles. Afterwards, I taught him the next section involving conditional statements, law of syllogism, hypothesis, and conclusions. He understood everything and asked excellent questions."
"Today, we reviewed translations for her Geometry test tomorrow, as well as started a Spanish assignment. She understands translations and reflections very well but needed a bit of help in rotation. I gave her a few hints that would help her be able to rotate shapes in a coordinate graph, and I believe it helped. She also needed some help in rotating shapes in a Cartesian graph. This seemed easier for her to understand since it's easier to move the points along a circle. In Spanish, she was assigned to write a small paragraph about sports. She needed some help with translating some words, but it was to be expected since the words she was using in order to write the paragraph were words that she had not been taught in class. Overall, she is able to understand math easily after an explanation."
"Today, we spent time completing a geometry assignment on finding midpoints and using the distance formula to determine the length of lines on a coordinate plane. We also continued to draw angles using the protractor and compass. She has trouble with adding and subtracting negative numbers and will need work on this. We also worked more on proofs using the complementary and supplementary properties."
"Today, we started with an introduction to proofs. We talked about how you should always start by pulling out all the information from the givens and move from there. I also reviewed her past worksheets and corrected some mistakes on how to read diagrams."
"Today, we studied again for her quarterfinal in geometry. She frequently expressed her lack of confidence in the material and that there was "no way" she'd be able to do any of the same problems we were working on when it came to the test, as they required a lot of steps. She also had frequent problems with anything requiring algebra, particularly combining like terms or solving an equation for a specific variable. When walked step by step, she could do it, and most of the time knew what to do next, but if allowed to do the problem for scratch by herself, she felt overwhelmed and would just give up. "
"Today, we went over the few problems that she was unable to self correct from the practice ACT English section. Based on the problems that she struggled with, we were able to determine that she has the most difficulty with questions that ask about the flow or transitions of the passage as a whole. She is able to determine grammar within a sentence or paragraph, but the organizational questions are where she gets confused because she doesn't feel like she has time to read the whole passage. Once we finished going over the English section, I had her complete a timed Reading section. We discussed the SAT vs. the ACT, and she and I both agree that based on her scores so far, she would probably be more successful taking the SAT. We still plan to take a practice math and science section just to be sure. For homework, I asked her to correct the problems that she got wrong."