Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I met with the student again. Today, we discussed solving systems of linear equations by graphing, substitution, and elimination, as well as three-variable equations and their solutions. We talked about problems that could be modeled using linear equations, such as cost and revenue problems and investment problems. We also extended our conversation into graphical solutions to linear inequalities. More skills practice followed, with a discussion of exponents and factoring polynomials, as well as scientific notation. We worked on quite a few problems for practice and finished off with special case factoring."
"We covered her review sheet which was for her final review. We did problems with probability, geometry, algebra, and lots of word problems. This review sheet was about 30-40 questions and we got through 95% of it. She nothing else she wanted to work on and she was strong in all the subjects we covered. Her teacher did most of the review and the students copied down what the teacher wrote on the board. I believe the student will do well on the final she was going to take the next day. I did mention to her that if she does want extra practice then she can go to an online video service and type in the specific words that I underlined for her on her review sheet."
"Today, the student and I reviewed multiplying 2 digits with 2 digits numbers. It is crucial that she is reviewing multiplication facts and drills daily. She is still working on placement and place values and unsure of what to do with each digit after multiplying. We also reviewed equivalent fractions. We learned to find equivalent fractions by multiplying or dividing the numerator and denominator. In order to show a visual representation, the student was asked to draw a picture of the fractions to show how they were equal. After she became more comfortable with multiplying 2 digits, we then moved on to multiplying 3 digits with 2 digits. The student did very well after she began to get the hang of it."
"Algebra: Factoring, Simplifying polynomials, Multiplying and dividing with exponents Reading: Discussed literary devices, began analysis of "Going Bovine", discussed other summer reading choices Left with: Math worksheets covering today's topics"
"The student and I reviewed the homework I had given him. He consistently missed the same type of problem, so I made sure we worked on plenty of that type of problem until he felt more confident about them. He tries to work too many things out in his head, so I have to encourage him to write everything down so he doesn't lose track of his thoughts. At the end of this session he finally got the hang of it. I assigned him some homework to practice the new technique."
"The student and I worked primarily on word problems. She worked on her state assessment practice packet, and asked me to help her when she had any questions. She struggled with pattern recognition problems and setting up word problems, but I think she is getting a bit better. She is able to recognize more of the steps involved and is closer to solving the intricate word problems on her own."
"We finished the first semester review of Algebra, working on systems of equations, inequalities, and absolute value functions. The student needed review of some material, but understood quickly."
"Today we worked on the course reviews provided by the student, encompassing some statistics and the probabilities that precede them. Although everything is answerable via calculator, as a reminder I did do the calculus on some of the problems. Our last meeting will be on Thursday."
"The student has her final this week so we went over the last problem on her review sheet. We were calculating and testing a linear regression equation for some data. We used the least squares method."
"The student has a pretty good understanding of statistics. We just looked at a few of the problems on past exams, and went over them again. Most of the problems focused on details about sample variance and sample means."
"Today we reviewed for the student's final exam. We mostly focused on how to find the critical values for each type of test, and how to use each table. We also talked about how to find the proper degrees of freedom for each hypothesis test type. She is feeling good about her exam, and I think she will do great tomorrow!"
"We reviewed standard deviation for a normal distribution and used the long hand method to calculate the mean and standard deviation of the ages of a group of 15 individuals. We answered questions on probability and value ranges for several variables. Then we went on to bivariate data and completed a few scatter plots. We covered the characteristics of bivariate data/trend lines. We finished with generating a scatter plot and linear regression of fuel cost per hour versus number of passengers for data on over 20 commercial airplanes from the 1996 time frame."