Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the Pythagorean theorem proofs and the problems involving similarity once again. Today went surprisingly well - I didn't give him very many hints, and he was willing to just dive into the problem and figure things out himself."
"Went over the student's recent quiz to correct and practice questions he missed. Also looked at current worksheets and two older quizzes to review for an upcoming geometry test, including properties of quadrilaterals."
"Today I met the student and gave her a number of problems to assess her understanding and fluency with various geometry concepts, especially proofs involving sets of lines and/or triangles. I also tested her on her knowledge of terminology by asking her to explain her answers and proofs in the most specific terms she could. We also discussed what her goals would be - the most important being to prepare for her final that is coming up soon. There was not a topic she particularly struggled with, but she did seem more comfortable with some topics than others. I'll be keeping track of this to figure out where to focus our attention in the time before the final."
"The student and I worked over some geometry concepts. Mostly the special rt. triangle problems, specifically 45-45-90. We also talked about how to set up non specific proofs in paragraph form. We also went over some basic Mendelian genetics, aka the Punnett square, dihybridization, incomplete dominance, etc..."
"The student has a test coming up on area of 2-D and 3-D shapes as well as the Pythagorean theorem. She knows all of the formulas to find the areas of the various shapes she has learned in class. We reviewed some material from Algebra such as simplifying radicals. She does a great job solving them."
"Today was our first session. We discussed how to go through the steps of a two column geometry proof. The problems we went over were usually to prove that two triangles or two angles were congruent. The student seems to generally understand the reasoning behind the statements, but doesn't always know where to go with the next steps. A major strategy is to look at the givens and see if there is any more information that can come from the givens (e.g.. if a bisector is given, one of the steps will be to state that two line segments or two angles are congruent because of the bisection). Another tip is to write out the givens, leave space for the in-between steps, and write down the final proof statement. The student has a midterm on Monday and will let me know if she wants to meet again tomorrow (Sunday) to go over any additional topics. If not, she will let me know when the next session will be based on her homework/test schedule."