Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked mostly on translating English phrases, such as 'four less than twice x', into algebraic phrases, such as 2x-4. We also reviewed inequalities with one variable, which he didn't have much trouble recalling."
"Covered binomial probability, counting rules (combination), and some probability notations (intersection, union). She needs to spend more time thinking about these concepts and become comfortable with them. She grasps the ideas, but until she thinks about the concepts and becomes comfortable with them, there is a high chance that she would forget how to do the problems."
"The student and I reviewed what had been covered in the last class. We began the groundwork for "Hypothesis Testing" by doing some practice problems using the "Z" and "students - t" statistical distributions. He understands the algebra and has no problem doing the math. We talked about the concepts, and I feel like he is absorbing them."
"We went over his conditional probability homework. We took a little more time reviewing some of these concepts since we had spent some more time recently on random variables and distributions. We will be learning new material next week."
"We reviewed two assignments related to I/O psychology. She wanted to particularly review whether aspects of her assignment were well written with regard to content and the overall flow the assignments. She also wanted to ensure that the concepts explored in the assignment were being accurately addressed in her assignments. We also spent a bit of time discussing measures of central tendency, measures of spread and levels of measurement (i.e. nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio). Lastly we talked about the unique aspects of the normal curve. I am sending her a word document that reviews the concepts that we explored. I reiterated to her the importance of reviewing her notes after class and the material that we cover after our sessions. We will continue to work on improving her ability to "contextualize" concepts and definitions that are giving her trouble."
"We covered z-scores and box plots; covered basic functions on TI-83 calculator. The student has a great attitude! This was our first session and she is going to practice the topics we covered on her own and ask questions when we meet tomorrow. Next session should also cover linear regression and sample-based statistics."
"Today was the student's third session and I have to say that I'm encouraged with her progress early on. She has gotten more familiar with integrals and intervals, and seems to understand the material because she asks very intuitive questions. Today we reviewed expectation values, variance, covariance, and several related theorems. The strategy for this material is to become familiar with all the theorems that relate these concepts because the hw questions require an understanding of the connection between these ideas. I think she needs a bit of time to work through this material on her own, which is what I told her to do. I assigned her to finish her homework which is due Monday by next day we meet which should be over the weekend. Her attitude is so positive and conducive to learning that I'm confident she will learn all the material."
"We reviewed multivariate regression, discussing the theoretical idea of multivariate regression, point estimates, confidence intervals, and multicollinearity. We then went over the student's final paper project, which looks at the relationship between democracy and levels of poverty. He quickly understood the concepts, but needed help understanding how to set up the theoretical model and how to perform multivariate regression in R. We spent most of our time looking at the data, discussing which variables likely predict poverty, and then writing the code. He now has a solid foundation and should have no problem exploring the data and finding viable statistical models. Overall, he said it was a very helpful session."
"He has an exam coming up and had a work sheet covering the chapters that will be on the exam. We covered coefficient of determination and a variety of probability rules. He is quite good at figuring out the mathematical/numerical aspects of questions and seems to think in mathematical terms. However, he sometimes struggles with identifying exactly what a question is asking for and picking out the most important aspects of the question. We discussed possible ways he can help himself to comprehend the questions."
"Today the student and I worked through structural equation modeling. Specifically, we discussed path analysis, mediation, moderation, confirmatory factor analysis, and exploratory factor analysis. We discussed the benefits of SEM over regression techniques, how to conduct them, and how to interpret results. By the end of the session, she seemed comfortable with all of the terminology, notation, and structure of these methods. We also went over a number of quiz questions on this content -- she answered most questions correctly and seemed confident with the material."
"We reviewed for her stats test which I will be proctoring tomorrow. We went over a review packet and I answered any questions she had on the material. No grades/concerns. She has problems to review before her test tomorrow."
"We went through her lab first. It was about test statistics and normal distribution. Then we went through quizzes to answer them. I explained the concepts behind each question and she was able to determine the right answer. She is doing great."