Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed a couple of problems involving parallelograms, rhombus, trapezoids, squares and rectangles. Then, we worked on a few problems involving the area of triangles. We used trigonometry to find the height of irregular triangles."
"During this session we went through all of the problems from the student's previous quiz. As we went through, I identified what she did wrong in each question and what she needs to keep in mind when certain problems arise. This time, we wrote out specific steps for her to always go through when solving systems of equations problems. She also mentioned that she ran out of time toward the end of the quiz. I tried to explain things that should immediately come to mind when seeing equations in either vertex, standard, or intercept form. Generally there are time-saving methods you can employ when you understand main characteristics of quadratic equations: their symmetry, graph behavior, and simpler ways to quickly find vertex and axis of symmetry. She was able to pick up on these generalizations. The student is very capable of doing the math required to solve a problem. After this session, I feel writing out the specific steps to solving equations and general rules to keep in mind will be helpful for her. It is like a mini-guide for her to constantly review, so she can answer any question asked of her. This exam covers a lot of material, so I'm hoping there is improvement since she has a better command of the material."
"Prepared for cumulative. Went over review sheet and past tests. Also, spent a little time working ahead. Will return Wed. at 6 to go over review sheet for quarterly."
"We covered all chapters that will be on tomorrow's test, including: logic, probability, congruency, multiplication, addition, subtraction, theorems for angles, and segments. We paid special attention to probability. Student is well prepared for the test tomorrow, and is confident in his knowledge and skill. Student has shown improvement in grades over the past 2 weeks."
"Since the student was completely up to date in algebra (having received an A on the latest test, a slight improvement from the high B last test), we worked exclusively with geometry this time. I started off by demonstrating to her how to use a straightedge and compass to draw and bisect a line, and draw and bisect an angle, the process of which she had to demonstrate and explain the steps for in an assignment. After that I helped her with brainstorming on a paper in which the student has to choose whether to argue that the use of a protractor and compass should be learned, or whether computer programs should be learned and used to create all geometric constructions. I helped to frame and organize it, whereas she came up with her supporting arguments rather easily."
"We covered: proofs, congruences, and different criteria to prove triangles and shapes are congruent."