Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered: Least Square Linear Regression (Best Fit) Line, R^2 values, interpretation of ANOVA table, coefficient of slope and y-intercept of best fit line."
"We went over summary statistics and distributions today, covering examples and problems from the student's text."
"We went over T and Z scores to review and check a homework assignment, then went over the student's genetics test and her incorrect answers."
"The student worked thoughtfully throughout today's session. We began by looking over his math homework on percent increase/ decrease and discussing his upcoming math test. On his homework, he used the formula he had been taught very successfully, but his errors arose from not answering all parts of the question and incorrectly interpreting the result of the formula (i.e. 0.6% vs. 60%). He was able to use his number sense to identify errors (i.e. a 99% increase of 100 has to be larger than 112). After reviewing the math homework, we moved on to fraction work. I created a worksheet for him that included review problems built from the work we did the previous week and then more challenging problems relating to using multiplication with fractions. He still needs time to process the difference between 3/3 and 3/1, but successfully used visualization strategies to help him determine their relative values. This reflects a significant improvement from last week. I pushed him to use multiple strategies to determine equivalent fractions - he feels comfortable using multiplication, and was hesitant to use visualizations, addition, or work 'backward' and use division. By the end of the session, he computed all of the multiplication questions correctly and could use multiplication and addition to prove his answers. Next week, I want to move on to using addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions in equations with variables. We'll continue emphasizing the conceptual understanding of why the process/ formula works so he can continue to develop flexible thinking strategies. After math, we very briefly worked on writing. I gave him a writing prompt from a sample 7th grade test. He successfully planned out 6 of the 7 parts of his plan, but initially left out the "experience" part. When prompted to revise his work to include his experience, he wrote a descriptive detail rather than a general summarizing statement. This is important because the summarizing statement sets the framework for the piece of writing and ensures that there is a cohesive narrative arc. The student's creative and illustrative writing is a strength of his, so having the big picture in his mind first is an area he needs to continue to work on. Next time, we'll draft a few more plans for narrative writing to ensure his "experience" is broad enough to write about and then move on to using a similar planning strategy for informational writing prompts. Overall, he worked enthusiastically throughout the session, asking questions, responding to feedback, and sharing his own."
"The student and I worked through more extrema problems to review for her upcoming quiz today. She was understanding more and more of the material as we went through the problems, but there were some that we did not recognize. I know that she will understand the material if she continues to work problems. We will be going through chain rule today since that is a weak spot."
"Today we continued to work on decimals, in particular ordering and comparing decimals. The student did very well and had a deep conceptual understanding of the decimals. She completed a cumulative assessment of Domain 3, Number Operations - Fractions, and got 10 out of 10 correct. I left her with additional practice work."