Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we covered aspects of confirmatory factor analysis and the interpretation of the many numbers involved in an output of CFA. We also spent some time going over the comments the student's professor made on her last homework. Finally we reviewed the mediation homework the student was ready to hand in and discussed her conclusions."
"We did review for her test this weekend. We continue to spend lots of time on word problems. The student still struggles with taking word problems one step at a time, if she can't see where it's going she thinks she is doing it wrong and gives up too early. Attitude is improving steadily, I think she feels like she is almost there. I am emphasizing much more that she asks herself small simple questions about the problem so it doesn't seem so intimidating and questions that she can use to check if her equations make sense. I have given her two more practice word problems and a detailed solution to the one I gave her last session. No progress to report until the test. I can see her confidence going up still which is great!"
"The topic of the day was proportions. The student just had a test on the topic this past week. We did all word problems; some dealing with percents, others dealing with ratios. The focus was on his problem solving ability. He organized the data efficiently, but the trouble was using the data to help find the answer. He usually need a small push to finish the problem. The biggest problem we worked on was comparing the cost of a single item from two different companies. He had to find out which company offered the better deal. The notes from his teacher was that he has improved in his acuity since we have started. The student loves to talk through problems even if it isn't related to the problem at all. It is a part of his thinking, so I let him do it."
"We covered two more chapters of her statistics book, which went over samples vs. population, how to collect or choose a sample, and how to set up an experiment with different factors and treatments. As we went through the chapters, I stopped to let her answer some of the questions throughout the chapter, and she seemed to catch on very well. Near the end of the session, she said how these types of more qualitative aspects of math vs the actual numbers and quantitative aspects were not that difficult for her. She was very attentive and focused throughout the session. At the end, we talked a bit more about where she is going to college."
"The student and I are starting to review for his Geometry final. He is challenged by the conglomeration of subjects, though he remembers them when prompted. It will be a challenge to have him memorize and remember everything that he has done in class. I created some flashcards for him, as well as a sheet of questions to ask his teacher."
" We went over the basics of percentages and discounting. We reviewed the questions from a test. We also worked with fractions. He has a great attitude and I'm sure he will get better in the future."