Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We primarily covered linear equations specifically converting from standard to slope intercept forms and identifying the x and y intercepts. We worked off of his assigned worksheet. I noticed a considerable improvement in his algebra and conceptual understanding. He still struggles a little with his algebra and how to apply it correctly, but he has vastly improved in this area."
"The student and I looked over homework problems and chapter review problems that dealt with finding sides, angles, and areas of triangles and quadrilaterals. She was disappointed with her last test grade, so we tried to do problems that may be representative of test questions. We also discussed the student's plan for finals, and decided she should make an outline and flashcards. We will have a session next Tuesday, and then an additional session on Thursday or Friday to review for her exam."
"Today we continued reviewing for the student's final exam. We covered finding probabilities using the normal distribution, binomial distributions, uniform distributions, and exponential distributions, as well as using density functions. We reviewed how to find probabilities using both the calculator and manually using a table. We also briefly covered the differences between discrete finite, discrete infinite, and continuous random variables. The student is doing very well with the concepts, and has been diligent enough in her studying that she is in a position to do very well on the exam."
"The student and I went over his homework- solving inequalities, graphing inequalities, and solving word problems. He has become much better at working with variables and also using the distributive property. He still needs to work on carrying minus signs and using fractions. We also spent the last 15 minutes or so working on a presentation for his English class. He was doing well at delivering the information and was starting to develop character traits for his part."
"We prepared for a quiz the student has on Wednesday. We reviewed matrices, probabilities, finding slopes, and writing equations for lines. The student was more comfortable with this material than more recent work. He had his test score from 11/24; he earned a 37%. The teacher is allowing the class to retake the test, because all scores were low. We discussed the need for him to complete additional problem sets in preparation for the retake on 12/5."
"We worked on the student's math homework, which entailed single digit multiplication problems as well as some more basic single digit / double and triple digit multiplication problems (i.e. 4 * 80 or 6 * 700). He struggled the most with sevens, but conceptually understands how multiplication works. He could just use more practice."
"We went over his practice test review on exponential and logarithmic functions. The test review covered a couple of concepts, mainly the application of the general formula for an exponential function and the definition of a derivative. One question asked for the student to remember a couple of formulas from his previous Geometry class. I left him to finish the rest of the practice problems on his own. Overall, the session was excellent."
"We went over frequency tables and a lot of statistical analysis. She clearly understands her Mean, Median, and Mode and Absolute Mean Deviations as well. So far she has made some great progress on her quizzes! Definitely very proud of her! It's great to teach a student who's willing to work hard!"
"This week the student worked on his homework and some additional problems in order to prepare for an exam later in the week. Specifically, he worked problems involving solving equations with variables on both sides as well as translating verbal descriptions to algebraic equations and then solving. When solving equations with variables on both sides, he did a great job of showing all of his steps. Besides a few computation errors, he answered the majority of the problems correctly. He also learned to look for red flags in his work such as answers with decimals when no rounding directions were given in the problem set. When working the problems that involved translating the verbal description to algebraic equations, the student identified that "less than" means to flip the two numbers. Thus, he was able to correctly set up his equation and solve. Overall, he did a great job at this session!"
"We discussed Chi-Squared goodness of fit test, including examples using categorical data, and examples requiring use of least squares regression to test for seasonality. In addition, we went over how to compute the minimum and maximum order statistics."
"We worked on sections 5.3 to 5.5 in preparation of a quiz. These sections relate to various techniques of integration. The student does fine with the problems, but needs to make sure that he checks each of the algebraic steps since there are many of those involved in solving the problems."
"Today, the student and I covered how to plot functions with absolute values. We went over how to find the domain, range, the axis of symmetry, and the vertex. He initially seemed to struggle with finding the domain but seemed to understand it at the end. He let me know that he received a B on his last exam. He said that he was satisfied with the grade but could have done better."