Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a test coming up in her math class focusing on logarithms and exponents. We discussed the differences between compound and continuous interest and how to use specific formulas to solve word problems involving interest. She will need to memorize these formulas. We also discussed how the graphs of logs/exponents behave and how the domain/range are affected by translations and reflections on the graph, as well as the properties of log functions used when expanding and simplifying expressions. Overall, she indicated and demonstrated a greater understanding of logs and the problems in her packet. She should continue to review these problems Thursday to prepare for her test."
"By now, she understands the mathematical rules and knows what to do with most problems. I suggested she try to do as much as she can without her calculator. Today we talked about graphing and solving rational equations. She picked up the basics pretty quickly, but needs a little more practice, especially with graphing, finding the domain and range, and solving equations in which she will have to factor a polynomial."
"Today the student and I continued our discussion on Quadratic polynomials. We used the quadratic formula to find the roots of a few polynomials, paying attention to what the b^2 - 4ac term implies about the number of roots. I then showed him how to factor quadratics, by looking at the factors of the c term and choosing the pair that sums up to the b term. We then looked at how to use factoring to solve for roots of a quadratic. He realized that this is much easier than the quadratic formula, and wanted to know why we use both methods. I showed him some examples of quadratics that don't factor easily, and explained why these require the use of the quadratic formula. He is making excellent progress so far."
"Session was mostly focused on using Normal, t and F distributions for finding probabilities and hypothesis testing. The student gets the material fast but has a tendency to lump several steps together. Once asked to pace himself and go through the problem step by step he seems to be doing an excellent job."
"We reviewed a lot of material about one and two factor ANOVA, and then we began working on the correlation and regression section. The student didn't cover both topics in class, so everything was new. She completed a homework assignment on the material."
"We covered a review of proportional testing and chi tests. The student should practice writing out conclusions based on rejecting or failing to reject the null hypothesis and whether the claim is either to provide the correct conclusion."