Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over her geometry homework and reviewed for her biology test. Her homework covered the basics of circles. We discussed the definitions of radius, diameter, chords, secants, and tangents. Her homework mostly dealt with the tangents of circles. We covered the congruency of tangents of the same circle that meet at a point outside the circle as well as the triangles created by tangents and radii. She had no difficulties digesting the information and just needed some reinforcement. Her biology test covered the theory regarding plants. We discussed how plants were different from other lifeforms and the origins of plants from green algae. We also covered the differences between different plant types like the differences between vascular/non-vascular, angiosperms/gymnosperms, and monocots/dicots. We talked about the three plant cell types as well as the three plant tissue types. Great first session!"
"The student and I reviewed concepts for her Geometry test tomorrow. We used her chapter tests and text book to work on problems and to review definitions and make flash cards. We reviewed: triangle proportions and ratios, Pythagorean theorem, similar and congruent triangles, geometric proofs, and conditional statements. She was able to work through a lot of the problems herself. We worked through a number of practice problems and she said she felt much more confident and prepared. She also made flashcards on the different conditional statements to help her memorize them."
"The student's teacher is giving a re-test tomorrow of his previous test for similar polygons to the entire class. We reviewed the problems from the previous test that will be similar to problems on the exam tomorrow. Many of his mistakes were due to Algebra mistakes. We practiced multiple similar Algebraic problems and he did very well with them. The other difficult problems were with similar shapes inside each other. He did well when we practiced solving these problems by first separating the shapes. Finally, we spent time reviewing the relationships of lengths, areas, and volumes of similar polygons. He did well with these problems as well. He felt much better about the material after our session, especially with the Algebra."
"Today me and the student worked on preparing him for the geometry test. The student has retained a lot of the material which we covered in previous chapters so he did well in the practice exam we went over. The exam pulls heavily from a number of theorems in the chapters he has covered, so he was totally fresh on all of the material, but I believe with a little studying he will be fine."
"The student came prepared with all his homework, which I was very happy about. His long division is going well and through this practice his multiplication skills are getting better as well, but he made a number of subtraction mistakes this time around. He needs to try to be neater, as these are very minor mistakes. The homework mostly went well but I had to clarify deductive versus inductive reasoning as his answers showed he was still unclear about the distinction. After that we began chapter 4 on triangle congruency. First, we went over corresponding parts. I emphasized that the order the points of the triangle are made makes a difference. I drew up a few to illustrate this point, then quizzed the student by asking him to name congruent triangles when they were inverted or rotated. After this we talked about the basic ways to prove triangles congruent. He needs to remember that not all of this information will be given right away and he has to use the theorems from the first three chapters in order to prove the corresponding sides and angles congruent before he uses SSS, SAS, or ASA. I left him a page of long division homework and homework on identifying and proving triangle congruency."
"The student and I finished studying traits of circles today, finding measures of chord angles and tangent/secant angles, as well as lengths of intersecting chords, tangents, and secants. We also reviewed the past circle traits to check his retention; fortunately, he seemed to remember everything."