Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over the remainder of her practice exams today. There was a definite improvement as she grasped topics that were difficult for her yesterday much faster today. For the most part she was struggling with some of the word problems where the professor asked which type of statistical test should be used. I gave her a copy of a handy reference I was given in college to determine the basis for which type of statistical test should be used, which she seemed to really like and found very helpful. I also suggested that she form a glossary of all of her questions and group them together for easy reference. I also suggested that she go home tonight and do all of the practice problems from scratch, without the solution sheet, so she can become more familiarized with the questions and developing answers to them. Her test can be taken any time on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for a duration of 2 hours. I'm uncertain when she will take it but I told her she can email me any extra questions that she has from now until then."
"Today we talked about hypothesis testing, specifically with t- tests for the mean and for a proportion. We also briefly covered confidence intervals. I think the student needs the most work with interpreting her findings and understanding the p-value, but I am confidant she is practicing it and the ideas will click soon with repetition. She also did better on her test last week, which is great progress!"
"We covered the content for this week's homework assignment (multiple linear regression and t tests for partial slopes) and SPSS regressions/ understanding output for interpretation. We ended today's session early so that we can put an extra 30 minutes toward review for the final exam coming up shortly in a future session."
"Today, the student and I covered ellipses. He missed his class's entire introductory lecture to ellipses. I introduced the concept, taught how to find a,b,c, foci, center, coordinates, equation, and graph the function. After introducing everything, he was able to apply his knowledge to more challenging problems that I came up with for him. I made sure we covered all material he would need to do his worksheet without actually doing the problems, so he can practice on his own and turn it in on Wednesday."
"I worked with the student on several different math concepts. We reviewed decimals, which she is currently working on in class. We reviewed changing fractions to decimals. After that, we reviewed her 9's multiplication facts. She was able to answer all of them up to 12, but can continue to work on making them more automatic and not have to think as much about the answer. We also worked on a couple of story problems that she wrote then she explained her thinking on how to solve them. We created an analog clock and reviewed vocabulary as well as how to tell time. She was great the entire time. She was very enjoyable and was positive the entire time."
"Today, the student covered an introduction to algebra and solving expressions. We also worked on surface area/volume of prisms and cylinders. He was confused initially since he hadn't solved algebraic expressions before, but we broke each step (whether addition/subtraction or multiplication/division) into separate components. After we finished, he said he understood and was able to put the concepts into words he understood."