Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We focused on his Algebra 2 quiz review, particularly on the concepts of exponential grow/decay, appreciation, compound interest and applications of exponential/logarithmic functions. Most of the problems were direct applications of the formulae given to them in their notes, so he didn't have a lot of difficulties."
"To help the student and his brother to prepare for their Algebra 2 test, I went over the test review with them. The topic covered was rational functions."
"The student and I reviewed material for an upcoming quiz he had covering exponents and logarithms. After a couple problems, the review went very well and the student seems very knowledgeable about the material. This was our first time working together and he is a very strong math student."
"The student started a new chapter and subject material in algebra. It's his chapter 9, working with equations and graphing circles and ellipses. Once he understood the concept of the standard form, he did great on simplifying and graphing. He just needs to continue his focus on the small details. If he tries to rush, he is more prone to making a small math error which can cause him to get the answer wrong. Overall, he really does seem to have a good handle on this material so far."
"Today we covered graphing functions while finding the horizontal and vertical asymptotes as well as the domain and range of the function. This student was feeling much more confident in the material."
"The student wrote her happy paragraph. Then we did the multiplication tables VERBALLY and she did an almost perfect job. We reviewed multiplying fractions (she is glad she knows her tables for getting the GCF) and previewed division of fractions. Then I read some D'Alaire Greek Mythology to the girls, who love them."
"We covered log functions and how to graph and solve them. I showed him a few tricks that seemed to help him IMMENSELY including how to multiply fractions (which he had been struggling with). He got an 83 I believe on his most recent test which is quite a good improvement from the last test."
"We covered expected value and discussed chi-square tests in detail. We also worked on different variable scales (nominal, e.g.) and spent some time really explaining statistical notation in equations in detail. I introduced ANOVAs briefly, and we sketched out the theories behind single variable regression. We then went over the first half of the midterm to review, paying special attention to binomial distribution calculations. The student has a list of terms and equations to make flashcards with to memorize before the exam."
"We went over random variables since his test on Wednesday will cover solely the chapter on random variables. I gave him some practice problems for the sections in the random variables chapter and (giving him no more than 5-10 minutes for each practice problem) got them right. I have no concerns from this session."
"We reviewed material on hypothesis testing using both averages and percentages, and then reviewed two homework assignments regarding that topic. She was struggling at first to grasp the concepts, but once we worked some problems, she was understanding it better."
"Today we worked on homework problems involving the binomial distribution and the geometric distribution. The student did well with the straightforward binomial distribution problems - knew how to find p, k, and n pretty well. We went over how to deal with problems that asked for "at most" or "at least" and I showed her how to use the binomial cumulative distribution function on her calculator to solve these problems. The geometric distribution problems went pretty well since this is a little simpler than binomial distribution. I tried to show her conceptually how these two distributions were similar and different. I think she is on her way to "getting it" a little bit better."
"We spent the day focusing on the current chapter in anticipation of his chapter test on Tuesday. This meant sample distributions for means and proportions. He is clearly much more comfortable with the material than he was last time we went through it. We'll review previous chapters on Tuesday."