Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the same thing, z-score homework problems. We're only able to finish five or six problems during our two hours together. Luckily, he's keeping a very positive attitude about everything despite the setbacks and promised he would work some more out on his own so we can hopefully move into sampling distributions on Monday. I'd say he is doing very well."
"The student and I reviewed questions from her study guide in preparation for her test the next day. Most of the questions were in word problem format with different scenarios, so I wanted to make sure that she understood the individual concepts before we looked at the answer choices. We walked through each question and answer choice step-by-step. We discussed the following concepts: null hypothesis vs. alternative hypothesis, alpha levels vs. p-values, power, two-tailed vs. one-tailed hypotheses, Type I vs. Type II errors, confidence intervals, normal curve/distribution, significant and extreme values, z-scores, beta vs. alpha values, population vs. sample test statistics/values, and sample size. I also offered her some test-taking strategies/suggestions, including walking through each question step-by-step, using process of elimination like we did during our session and selecting the questions she is more confident answering (i.e., not starting at question number 1) first on the test. She mentioned that she felt better regarding her test the next day. She was very cooperative and engaged during the session and seemed to really want to understand the concepts presented."
"The student and I met for the first time and discussed the concerns he has about his statistics class. We then went over an assignment on which he had earned a grade he considers low. We discussed where he went wrong, with an eye toward helping him avoid similar mistakes in the future. I emphasized points he will need to be clear on in order to grasp future topics easily. We then addressed some new material he is working on. In general, he seems to use math easily and is clearly capable of mastering this classwork."
"The student and I went over exponential functions as an introduction to the concept. We went over growth and decay, and the effect of different bases."
"The student and I continued our work on fractions. He made a lot of progress in his ability to conceive of fractions as a single number represented by a numerator and denominator. He also progressed in his understanding of the size or value of the fraction. For instance, using both number lines and drawings, the student was able to determine whether 1/2 is bigger or smaller than 2/3. We also combined fractions through addition and subtraction, which required changing (on occasion) denominators so that they were the same between two or more fractions."
"The student and I went over review questions, and she seemed very optimistic about the work being completed. For her, the most important part of the AP exam will be pacing and checking her work. For homework, I assigned her to complete an entire AP practice test taking as much time as she needed, and to write down how much total time the test took. We will go over the questions at our next session."