Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over review problems for his test tomorrow. He is learning how to decide on an approach for the problems better and would benefit in the class from learning more notations and how to write out his solutions more clearly. Our next meeting will be Tuesday."
"We reviewed a test she had taken on arc lengths last week and completed the corrections together. The section that gave her the most trouble included a circle with many tangents, secants, and chords, and she was asked to find numerous angle measurements and arc lengths. She had forgotten about one conjecture which the rest of the problem depended on which caused her to get a lot of points taken off. Once she figured out that one important part, she was able to finish the problem easily. Another reason she had points taken off of problems was because she did not read the problem thoroughly. Multiple times, she was asked to give the answer in centimeters and she answered in degrees. Taking her time and reviewing the test before handing it in will prevent these types of errors. She expressed that she always feels comfortable with the material on the homework but forgets things during the test. I assured her that she should do as much practice work at home as possible that way she can be completely confident about her skills during the test."
"In our session today, we finished his US History review packet, proofed his Brief Constructed Response to his US History essay prompts, and looked over the information we still needed to cover for his geometry exam. In US History, he completed the remaining 5 pages of his US History Semester Study Guide by finding definitions, notes, and additional examples about the remaining 55 vocabulary terms. He did an excellent job of coming up with his own examples that centered around national and international news over the past couple of years. Additionally, he seemed to grasp the concepts and was able to answer practice exam questions with ease. I left him with an additional essay to write over the weekend. He plans to write notecards for the terms - 55 terms today and 55 terms tomorrow. On Sunday, he will review the notecard definitions in preparation for his exam on Monday morning. For his geometry packet, we looked over the information we need to cover on Monday in preparation for his exam on Tuesday morning. He shared that he received a 100% on his biology semester paper and project. We are all very excited to see his hard work pay off and hope that it will factor positively into his semester grade. With the high grade on his project, he should be right in the B range. He also said that he felt his semester biology exam went well - he noted that it was very similar to the material we had been studying and that the two essays we had practiced in preparation for his exam would constitute part of his grade. On Monday, we will prepare for his geometry semester exam."
"We reviewed for a quiz, and did a summary of what the student has been learning recently. We talked about what information is needed to find the measurement of an angle formed by secant lines outside of a circle, and we did some problems involving distance to a chord in a circle, the length of a cord in a circle, quadrilaterals inscribed in circles and how to find their angles or the sum of their opposite angles, and reviewed the relationships of radii and tangent lines using the Pythagorean theorem."
"We reviewed the student's midterm study guide, and also talked about some other topics not covered on the guide that will be on the test. The topics included parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, proofs, conditional statements, definitions, and similar polygons. I used examples and diagrams that helped explain the concepts in new ways to reinforce the real mathematical meaning to the problems rather than just how to answer a particular format for the test question, and he really seemed to be understanding and grasping the material as we worked through it all. He was great about knowing what problems he needed to review more, and asking the right questions - he was organized with knowing what the midterm will cover. I think he is a smart kid and has a lot of potential, I look forward to working with him more."
"We reviewed the student's exam today. We looked at his mistakes and completed similar problems to master concepts. We specifically covered similar sides of a polygon, area ratios, median point of a trapezoid, general geometric questions via true/ false assessments, and triangle proofs. He is a bright student. We concluded that he will try to include as much information as possible in order to not lose unnecessary points in his future exams with that teacher."