Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on special right triangles, specifically the 45-45-90 triangle. After spending 10 minutes working on that, he seemed comfortable. We moved on to the different types of reactions in chemistry: single replacement, double replacement, combustion, synthesis, and decomp. After we talked about them, he was fine with all the concepts."
"Today we began reviewing all the material that will be on the student's upcoming final. We worked on the Cumulative Review sections in her book. I got a better sense of what kinds of problems and topics are more of a struggle for her. She did have a lot of knowledge and could get through most things eventually, but it will take some priming and practice for all of it to be ready and at-hand for the final. She was often uncomfortable with "always/sometimes/never" questions, especially those regarding multiple planes. She also was not very comfortable in dealing with properties of exterior and interior angles of shapes with more than four sides. She will be allowed to bring a note-card with any references she wants for the final so many of the sessions prior to her final will help narrow down what is needed on that card for reference. We worked through a lot of problems in two hours, and she stayed focused and motivated."
"The student and I worked on her geometry homework. She seems to be doing well and is much more confident in her abilities and her understanding of new concepts now. Yay! We also worked on vocabulary for her English class and she made flashcards with the word, definition, and sentence."
"In our first tutoring session for his spring semester, the student and I began covering geometry. We reviewed the class notes he took on proportions, ratios, and systems of ratios. He seemed to grasp the concept of solving for the variable x in proportions well. After we began strictly using units (i.e. feet, meters, etc.) right behind the numeric value, he was able to begin working on the word problems more successfully. We did 20 problems together then I coached him as he did an additional 15 problems more independently."
"The student and I worked on geometry vocabulary: identifying different parts of a circle (tangent, secant, semicircle, chord, diameter, radius, central/inscribed angles). Used these to calculate circumference, angle measures and arc lengths. Other areas covered were finding missing angles of a triangle, total degrees of a polygon, worked with proportions/ratios. The student understands the geometry terms and definitions and how to apply them very well. An area we will work on is addition and subtraction of integers. Overall, picked up concepts quickly."
"She has moved on to a new section in her geometry book. Now she is working on similarity. She had homework from section 8.4, but we needed to go back and go over the previous sections as they build upon each other. After working through some of the definitions as well as primary ways to prove similarity/use these concepts in proofs, we went through her homework. At the end of the session, I asked how she felt about the subject now, and she mentioned that she felt much better with the concepts. We also talked briefly about some of the geometric concepts that she should know for upcoming standardized test (such as special triangles). I was really encouraged by this session because at the end during her homework there was a rather complex proof where she had to draw her own diagram. She was able to understand the concepts well enough to craft a great diagram, label it properly, and tackle the proof with minimal coaching from me. We were both really excited about that accomplishment."