Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on vectors and triangles. We learned the dot product today, as well how to use the Pythagorean theorem in geometric proofs. Overall, she did well, and I see her confidence in math improving."
"The student and I worked together on assignments regarding factoring methods. The assignments were fairly straightforward and redundant, giving her time to settle into a rhythm as the questions went on. Later, we worked on recalling each strategy at the appropriate time depending on the question at hand."
"The student and I worked with solving algebraic equations and finding angle measures in triangles, given the angles as algebraic expressions. She was struggling with figuring out how to begin (set up) each problem. We discussed strategies to help her set up and solve the problems. She was very positive about learning how to approach each exercise. She did very well with the material, and she seemed to be happy about her performance. She is looking forward to our next session, and wants to meet on a regular basis."
"The student and I worked with some practice problems in her book focused on proofs (Chapter 7). Some key tools that popped up were the subtraction/addition theorem, no choice theorem, basic theorems for proving triangle congruency, theorems for proving a parallelogram, and more. A main take-away from the practice was that problems are simpler than they seem; often, the answer is hiding in plain sight. We noticed this in some cases requiring the reflexive property, or, as in the last exam, simply connecting the dots to see that two triangles were on their way to proving congruency (as opposed to going the more difficult route of proving an equidistance theorem). My tips are to always look for connections, look for the simplest paths first, and always keep in mind the simplest tools in your tool kit. And keep your list of postulates and theorems always ready and handy!"
"The student and I worked with the altitude and medians of triangles in order to find the associated measures of the given triangles. We were able to work through the several examples that only gave us partial information by taking advantage of the definitions of these terms. This was our first online session; we usually meet in person, and I was able to take advantage of the online portal to draw very accurate diagrams (not to mention the straight line tool!). This was helpful for the student. We were able to tie the lesson together by showing that at the end of the problem, all we have to is solve a system of linear equations, and we have the answer. The session went very smoothly."
"The student completed another practice exam during the week by herself and missed about 15 out of the 60 questions. We spent the session going over the 15 she missed and will go through a similar setup for next session. She is now having the most trouble with the geometry questions, so we went over the solutions for all of the geometry problems that she missed specifically. She also seems to get the correct answer most often if it is solved for algebraically. She has some extra difficulty with the problems that provide answers and ask her to choose the correct one. We discussed how 3 guaranteed incorrect answers lead to a correct answer remaining by deductive reasoning methods for test-taking. I suggested that this strategy be used for every problem that offers their own solutions."