Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered one of the handouts that was given out by his professor. We discussed both z and t tests, critical values and how to use a z/t table. We also covered the interpretation of the test statistic and what these values mean. I provided him with a z-score table so he could better understand where these seemingly arbitrary values came from. He was enthusiastic to learn and felt better about the material. However, I feel that we still have quite a way to go before he understands this at the level that his professor expects. Our next session will cover confidence intervals."
"We first went over the student's previous exam, which she got an 83 on. I think this is a great grade for the first exam. Then, we went over her new topics on probability. After that, we reviewed her homework. I think she is doing very well in the class so far. She is getting used to the thinking necessary to do well and should improve for her next exam."
"I so enjoy working with the student. Today, we went over some calculus topics that were new to her. From there, we tackled normal curve, and I showed her the idea of mean/sd, z-scores, standard normal curves, 'the table,' and how to do (and think through) these problems in Excel. At the end, she was feeling much better and confident in her ability to work with normal curves."
"We went through 2 articles tonight to try and help the student prepare for an assignment due this week. The articles were systematic reviews, so not super heavy with applicable statistical analyses, so she is going to look for more relevant articles to look at tomorrow. We did review effect size, chi-square, and correlations though."
"The client is taking AP statistics. She had homework where she was required to determine which type of test to do for each of 10 word problems. We went over each question and parsed the language. We talked about checking different boxes to determine tests. For example, what is the sample size? Are you given population parameters? Are you asked to compare means or compare the relationship between variables? How many observations are there for each participant? Are you asked about proportions? Are you asked to compare a population to a sample? Is the test directional? We went over all of the problems and she sketched out the tests as needed. She also set up the null and alternate hypotheses for each test."
"Yesterday the student and I spent about half of our session reviewing probability theory including how to calculate unions, conditional probabilities, and identify independent, dependent, and mutually exclusive events. We did plenty of problems from past exams that his instructor had provided him with and he really got the hang of it! He was positive, confident, and focused. We also reviewed the empirical rule and Chebyshev's theorem, as well as how to calculate statistics like the variance, standard deviation, IQR, etc. I am sure that he did great on his exam today!"