Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Completed chapter 1 lesson 1-4 test; Introduced chap 2 lesson 1-3: Inductive, deductive reasoning and conditional statement; introduced geometric transformations."
"We worked through a homework that the student had in preparation for a test Friday. The packet covered most of what they had learned, including writing proofs and identifying logic statements."
"1hr from 9/22: Student 1 - We reviewed her geometry for a quiz/test, which were the basic concepts that she started in the upper level class that she was taking. We also briefly discussed the things that she was currently doing in class, which included conjectures, deductive reasoning (statement, converse, inverse, contrapositive, biconditional statements). We also reviewed a little bit of science since she had an upcoming test. She has to memorize these units for science, basic makeup of DNA, carbohydrates, proteins, what elements make up each (i.e. carbon, nitrogen, etc.), types of bonding, why water is so unique, etc. 1 hr from 9/29: Student 1- We spent the session reviewing for her test on deductive reasoning. She had a few quizzes and worksheets to guide the discussion. We also worked on some problems from the book, which included how to figure out angles when given a diagram and a little bit about how to write proofs. Student 2- We worked for an hour on her algebra II test corrections and went over matrices (current class topic). She knew how to do most of the problems. Student 2 doesn't have any problem adding or subtracting matrices. She did have some questions regarding multiplication of matrices, but after working through a few problems, she understood it well."
"The student and I went through his review packet for an exam covering arcs and angles of a circle. We looked at interior (central & off-center), inscribed, and exterior/circumscribed angles. We worked on various problems focusing on the same topic but which required different thought processes. This helped him to better identify how to begin different problems. This topic requires a good deal of memorizing, so we worked on many problems in order to instill the concepts. We also organized the material on a note sheet so that it would be easier to understand and retain the information. He understood the concepts very well. I left him continue practicing the problems, especially those dealing with exterior angles and off-center interior angles."
"Today we worked on proportions, scale drawings, and similar polygons. The student seemed to really understand this stuff. She had no problems setting up proportions to solve problems, and did well working with the theorems and corollaries for the similarity proofs."
"In this session, we covered a series of problems that involved the finding of shapes by graphing a series of lines that yielded an enclosed region. We then identified the shape and were asked to find the area. Furthermore, we were asked to rotate the shape at about a specified axis which gave us a three dimensional shape. We were also asked to find the lateral and surface area of such shape as well as the volume. The student was able to stay on track in the problems. The main difficulty is visualizing the three-dimensional shape when rotating the 2D shape. Additionally, some problems involved composite shapes which require a conceptual approach to finding the latter quantities. My recommendation for dealing with composite shapes is to identify the simple shapes that make up the composite and state a general formula (SA of composite = SA of simple shape 1 + SA of simple shape 2). This way the problem is about finding surface area (or volume or lateral area) of a simple shape and adding up the quantities. This simplifies the problem a lot more."