Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In preparation for the final review before the exam, the student asked to discuss power, beta, alpha again. We discussed the complicated relationship between them (again) and she understood them more quickly and we followed an example from her book to great success. While she has yet to fully implement the idea of power in an example, she seems better able to discuss its meaning and effects."
"We went through her midterm review. She's doing great with most statistics concepts but she finds probability somewhat complicated - so we worked with trees, and talked about the differences between combinations and permutations."
"The student did better than before on her exam. Today we talked about 95% and 99% confidence intervals and did numbers 11 and 13 in her text book. We also went over how to calculate standard error."
"We looked at and worked through parts of his Excel project involving analyzing world and country data using Excel. We finished one section that involved creating a confidence interval with a data selection."
"The student and I studied hypothesis testing problems, and discussed results interpretation. There are further problems we can study next week, as well as other mathematics topics I'm able to help with."
"The student and I continued reviewing for her midterm. We went over a lot of practice problems from the old exams. We talked about convergence and divergence of sequences and series. We also looked at example problems involving probability density functions."
"We went over the student's homework (Chi-squared tests). For the most part it was fine (most math is done on the calculator), but she was initially a little confused about the differences between the three tests (goodness of fit, homogeneity, and independence). Confusion was cleared up by the end."
"We discussed concepts from the beginning of the year to refresh the student's memory for her test prep. We focused on calculating limits, definition of continuous functions, how to determine the behavior of a function utilizing the first/second derivatives to calculate local max/min, and inflection points. We worked on a few sample practice problems from the study guide and focused mainly on trig identities. She took diligent notes on her flashcards to help her study in the interim."
"The student started systems of equations with two variables that are squared (like finding the intersection points of circles and hyperbolas). She was doing well with it overall. She also was working on equations in biology, and after explaining one problem to her, she was able to get the other ones just fine. She was working on simplifying radicals and solving equations with radicals and was having a ton of fun with the process. I was able to give her some tips to help keep the steps straight and that did a lot for her."
"The student was preparing for a test on Friday, so we reviewed all the material from the chapter on sums and series. She is pretty good with this material when the problem is laid out ("Solve this series..", etc.). We did several practice problems on her review sheet using the various formulas and I think if she is careful about her terms, she knows the concepts well enough to solve any problem given"
"Covered Chapter 9: Quadratic Relations and Conic Sections; did worksheet on parabolas p. 1 problems #1 - #13, p. 2 problems #1 - #13, p. 3 problems #2 - #9; explained completing the square; horizontal parabolas, vertical parabolas, directrix, focus, vertex; did Worksheet: Unit 6."
"We reviewed for tomorrow's test. We covered writing the equations of conic section and finding all of the parts, trig functions, and converting degrees. He needs to memorize the trig table for tomorrow's test as he will need it again in pre-calc or calculus."