Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The material covered in this session was review problems ahead of a test on Tuesday. The test will be over proofs, parallel and perpendicular lines, and the proofs that go with the material."
"The student and I reviewed for his test tomorrow, and he seems to be very well-prepared. We will meet again next Tuesday as usual."
"I began working with Student C first. We looked at the next requirement for her science project and began with that. She has to write a 5 page research paper answering 5 questions that she has about her experiment. We worked through the 5 questions together and how to find the answers. The questions included: What are the characteristics of the elements that make up the solvents? What is heat capacity? What are the boiling points of the solvents? Next, I worked with Student G for a long time on proofs about parallelograms. They were all basically the same proof (proving parallelograms through congruent triangles). She was getting stuck on the alternate interior angles congruency in the triangle, the idea that you must prove congruent triangles before using CPCTC (corresponding parts of congruent triangles congruent) and you must use CPCTC before proving the parallelogram. I think that she is trying to memorize what needs to be in the proof rather than actually thinking through what's been done and what should be the next step. Finally, I worked with Student M quickly on some physics problems. She was given certain variables of an equation and she just had to solve the final variable. She also tried to show a proof from known equations to a certain new equation, but she couldn't figure it out quickly enough (it was offered as a challenge to the class--not mandatory)."
"The student and I went over his homework to find lines perpendicular, parallel, or bisecting of a given segment. The hardest part for him was working with the fractions, so I gave him a practice sheet with answers for fraction problems. We then went over midpoint and distance formula followed by circle formulas. He is starting to get the hang of using the y=mx+b formula for all of these concepts."
"Today, the student and I worked on her homework, which was 12 problems from the book on section 3.1. There were 12 problems focusing on identifying transversals and alternate interior, alternate exterior, corresponding, and consecutive interior angles. The student understood the assignment really well and completed it with 1 hour to spare. We went ahead and looked at 3.2, which focused on transversals intersecting parallel lines. This portion of her math book focused more on solving angle measurements rather than memorizing and identifying definitions. I was happy to go over the new material with her so that she has a better grasp of her math work in class. Overall, she understood this section really well and will be ready to review it more in the upcoming week."
"We covered perpendicular bisectors of segments, angle bisectors, and distance of a point from a line or segment. We also did a bit of reviewing about parallel lines, transversals, and associated angles on the transversals."