Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the student's math homework over adding, subtracting, and multiplying radicals. He hadn't done many problems before of simplifying when there is a coefficient in front of the radical, so we reviewed that. We went back to the basics of inverse operations. He caught on pretty quick. As he worked each problem, I checked his answer. He did really well on the assignment. I left him with a little checklist of "remember to..." items for him to study in preparation for his upcoming test."
"Today, we reviewed long division and multiplication in regards to polynomials, as well as reviewed terminology that came up on their last quiz. With the extra review time on the terminology, we covered the type of questions both girls found to be challenging on their progress quiz."
"The student and I covered negative numbers. We reviewed the concept of negative numbers and I discussed a few strategies she can use to help her add and subtract negative numbers. We also discussed her current lesson plan and I guided her based on her homework. She did several extra practice problems."
"We discussed absolute value, exponent laws, quadratic functions, parabolas, transformations of functions, symmetry, even functions, inverses, root functions, solving equations, logarithms, exponential functions, the change of base formula, fractions, reciprocals, and graphing. He showed very promising signs of improvement near the end of the session. He had a lot of extra practice - to finish his review and read a website to reinforce my descriptions of the intuitive ideas behind the natural number e and the natural log functions (base rate of continuous growth and time needed to reach that growth)."
"I helped the student brainstorm ideas for a world history assignment. Although the student's passion is history and he is very knowledgeable about the subject, he sometimes has difficulty in formulating his ideas for an essay. We went through a typical brainstorming process where I asked him to think of 2-3 solid points he would like to make, and then we found some examples of each."
"First, the student and I went over his most recent test where he had problems and talked about the questions he missed and why. Then we went over a practice quiz and talked about the different characteristics of an experiment that let you use the normal distribution. We then went through some other practice problems, and the student seemed to be understanding the material well."
"During this session, we covered how to solve for x using angle theorems and definitions of a triangle (interior angles = 360, isosceles triangles have two equal sides, etc.). To prepare for future Biology examinations, I helped the student draw a diagram outlining the processes and locations of transcription and translation in a typical eukaryotic cell, so he may better understand the concept of central dogma and protein synthesis. By the end of the session, he expressed much better understanding of the biology concepts!"
"We covered the material for an assignment due this week, including: - Confounding variables - Types of variables - Random assignment - Experiment design"
"Today the student and I worked on permutations and combinations. At the beginning of the semester, the material was pretty manageable. In the past week, the difficulty escalated rapidly. However, when taken in steps, the material became much more manageable. We will probably review the same material again on Friday."
"Today the student and I met to talk about the middle section of her exam study guide. We focused our discussion on effect size and power and going back over what we had already discussed about simple z-testing. She understands the ideas behind hypothesis testing. We continued working through the examples from her study guide and others that we generated until she had the hang of things. She had plans to look over the rest of the material and work on her note card for the exam before our next meeting."
"We reviewed her notes from class, and we cleared up her understanding of the new formulas and definitions she was given. We also went through and completed the even numbered problems from her textbook for the section."
"The student and I have gotten into a good rhythm in which I help him with his homework assignment and we a go over more difficult concepts. He seems to be doing well in the class."