Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the student's geometry homework, which concerned basic translations of polygons along the coordinate plane. The most challenging concept in general was to see the relationship between vectors and translations and how vectors can be viewed as a graphical representation of those translations. Overall, he has a very strong grasp of the material. He said that he made a 90 on the geometry test he took last week!"
"Today, I met the student and learned that he had just taken an exam on chemical equilibrium. He has an upcoming test in geometry, so we spent the majority of the session reviewing for that. He slowly began to recall the steps to solving the problems. He is excellent at mental math and his performance suggests that he will do well on his geometry test. Our next session will initiate our chemistry final exam review."
"Today we went back to the basics and retaught the student the fundamentals of triangles, Pythagorean theorem, and finding the geometric mean between two similar triangles. As we went through the lessons, I made flashcards for him of every formula. I had him do many practice problems and left him with even more problems to solve until I see him again on Sunday. He is very focused during our sessions and is trying very hard. He'll continue to work on memorization and spatial conceptualization of triangles (our current undertaking in geometry). Next, we will cover simple geometry-related word problems and teach him how to set up equations based on the information presented."
"Today the student and I reviewed his new homework, solving geometric problems using area and perimeter equations and basic algebra. Then we started reading a new book and finished up with some flash cards working on addition and division."
"Today we covered almost all of Chapter 12. The student has three quizzes over the next seven days, so we covered the whole chapter to prepare him for the quizzes. Initially, he did not feel confident with the material, but we worked through notes, and he began to understand the material and understand how there were very few concepts, and that those concepts translated between cylinders, prisms, pyramids, and cones. Throughout the lesson, he did excellently on practice problems. He only had one error throughout the lesson. The majority of his work was perfect. He had trouble labeling and relating edge lengths, but he improved greatly with practice. He did incredibly well in this chapter!"
"The student and I covered the geometry basics. We reviewed concepts involving lines and angles while completing practice problems. We did about 20 problems on an online textbook. Then we went through angle relationships in her own text book, and I assigned her about 20 problems (from her book) that revolve around all the concepts discussed and requires prior knowledge of algebra as well. We will focus more on reviewing algebraic concepts and on parallel lines for our next session."
"We discussed the student's performance on her Chapter 4 Test. She has been improving her test results since we started so we're hoping that she'll do even better on her Chapter 5 Test. Since last week we were catching up for her chapter 4 assignments. So today we covered 5.1 and 5.2, she felt fairly knowledgeable with the new material but I assigned her practice problems to review. We will be covering 5.3 and 5.4 on Thursday."
"The student and I went over to dense problems that he was going to have on a test tomorrow. These problems covered similar triangles, the properties of SSS, SAS, AA, and ratios. After we went over the second problem that asked us to prove the Pythagorean Theorem using similar triangles, we ended the session as being very productive!"
"We went over homework and a bit of the student's study guide for her upcoming final. We focused on how to find missing segments from similar triangles. She did very well in solving complex problems and did a great job explaining her thinking. Her father made me a copy of her study guide that she has mostly completed to help me plan our next 2 sessions before her final."
"The student got an A on her last geometry test. She had another geometry test scheduled, so we spent the entire session preparing for that. She didn't need any help in physics this evening because her teacher hasn't assigned any homework yet and she does not have a quiz this week."
"We went over area of different shapes. We worked on sample problems and properties of the different types of shapes. I gave him problems based off of what he might see on a test, and we looked at how to find the information needed when only supplied with a few numbers. He has a pretty good handle on this concept. We also looked at how to use the information he has previously learned to find the answers to these types of problems. He was able to see how it all connected."
"This session was spent completing a homework assignment on proofs. Proofs can be a challenge - and there were indeed a couple of lengthy, multi-step proofs completed during this session. For the most part, we were able to move through the assignment at a good pace. I suggested to him that he memorize all of the geometric theorems, postulates, etc. before the next exam. Combined with practice, memorizing these will prove invaluable in being able to complete proofs in a timely, efficient manner."