Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered transversals, parallel lines, and congruent and supplementary angles. The student was struggling most with the definitions of some of the relationships between the angles. Her attitude has improved since our last session, not as positive as she could be, but definitely more positive than before. I left her with an assignment to draw diagrams of all the relationships between angles on flashcards and practice them until the next time we meet. I do not have any concerns from this session. She and I had a conversation about her not giving up on her work just because she gets frustrated. How she should continue to try and ask questions when she doesn't understand something, and she agreed so that was a win that I took away from this session."
"Today we did the student's test review for her test tomorrow on translations, working with the coordinate plane, and other transformations. She needed some extra help with the distance formula and rotations, but after we did some extra problems I think that she's ready for her test tomorrow."
"Today we focused on the student's homework concerning finding the measure of angles of quadrilaterals and inscribed angles within a circle. We focused on emphasizing the importance of remembering and understanding theorems that help her figure out such angle measures. I made it a point to show her various techniques she could use to solve for the answer the question asks for, so that she could work through such problems no matter what measurement information she is initially given. She is getting significantly better at recognizing patterns and understanding why the circle theorems make sense."
"Today we got to know each other a little and did an interest inventory. Then, I had the student complete a learning styles quiz to determine how she learns best so that I can best appeal to her learning style. We then discussed what she has been learning about proofs. We started at the beginning with very basic, real life examples (not math related). This was to just understand how proofs work and flow. We took an if-then approach. We then began to talk through how we would solve a problem, and then would look at how to write that out in a proof. We ended by working on examples. The student understands the concepts being taught (the properties, theorems, postulates, and definitions in proofs) but is struggling with how to write it out into proofs. We worked on just simplifying it and strategies to help in writing those. Tomorrow we will primarily work on practice problems and reinforcing how to write out proofs."
"Today we only worked for an hour, reviewing the concepts for the student's test this week. We looked at the worksheet again, covering expressions, equations, word problems, dimensional analysis, and absolute value. I gave him additional word problems on distance, evaluating expressions, and dimensional analysis. When solving dimensional analysis problems, he needs to write out all of the intermediate steps and conversions, so that he doesn't miss any. He seems to have a good grasp on the other material. As stressed by his mom, he needs to ask the teacher clarifying questions if he doesn't understand."
"Today we returned to some ideas of geometric construction. The student remembered how to do the perpendicular bisector and congruent angles. From those we were able to generate perpendicular lines through a point as well as parallel lines through a point. We had to look up some construction tools that were required for an assignment but were not shown in the text. We had to look up how to trisect a line. He has a goal of completing three sections on his own before we meet again next week."