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Geometry is a tough subject. One of the hardest parts for most students is creating geometric proofs. Our co-founder, Eric, remembers struggling with this—and how hard it was. Regardless of your student’s sticking point—we’re here to help. 

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If you live here locally in Denver, we are happy to provide you with a free in-home geometry tutoring session from one of our top tutors.

 

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Research has shown that learning geometry, and mathematics more generally, is more about mindset and outlook than the details 

We believe that when learning math it is much more important to think about the big details. It’s almost a given that students are going to have learn about lines, angles, and geometric proofs. But what most teachers and tutors miss is that 80% of learning is psychology and only 20% is the details.

It’s critically important that we teach students to approach geometry with the proper outlook.

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At Math Tutor Denver, we know that solving difficult problems such as geometric proofs can be frustrating and overwhelming. Don’t sweat it. We are here to help. We’ve got you covered!

“Inspiration is needed in geometry, just as much as in poetry.”

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The study of geometry boils down to learning a few simple things. The most important advice we can give you is this: learn your proofs and theorems! These are so important and will help you throughout your geometry class. But they will be incredibly important towards the end of your course when you have to start creating your own proofs. This is widely considered to be one of the most difficult and challenging parts of geometry. 

Start getting better at making diagrams. This is a crucial skill for geometry. Because after all geometry is simply the study of different properties and relationships. It boils down to points and angles and lines. Get good at labeling your diagrams so that you can quickly and clearly see what’s happening during an exam. 

Many teachers will also stress the importance of “knowing your angles,” when it comes to geometry courses. That’s true. But we think it’s most important to know your triangles. Triangles are the secret key to understanding and mastering geometry. Many shapes that you will work with in geometry can be broken down into multiple different triangles. 

If you have a crystal clear understanding of triangles, you will be able to solve most geometry problems very quickly. You should have your scalene, isosceles, and equilateral triangles down pat. For example, do you know the relationship between the angles of a scalene triangle? In a scalene triangle none of the angles are identical. In that same way, none of the sides are identical in a scalene triangle. Knowing information like this will help you feel more confident and will help you quickly solve key problems. 

In an isosceles triangle at least two of the sides and two of the angles are identical. 

You should also pay very close attention to the vocabulary in geometry—and to all of the key terms given to you by your teacher. In geometry, words that sound similar often have quite different & distinct meanings. For example, you need to understand the difference between complementary and supplementary angles. They aren’t the same! Supplementary angles add together to make 180 degrees. Complementary angles add to be 90 degrees. Do you see how confusing some simple vocabulary could cost you a lot of points on an exam? These are easy lay-ups that you’ve got to be making! 

Also, the words similar and congruent mean very different things! Congruent means they are identical — while similar means that two shapes have similar ratios (for example two triangles might be the same shape, but one is smaller and not exactly the same size). 

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