Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I covered 3 lessons with her - adding and subtracting mixed fractions and rates/ratios. She still had homework to finish from last week and I added more homework today. She is going to complete Test 7 before our next session."
"We first went over the student's homework, and we then used the session as a review of the entire course. We reviewed so he wouldn't have trouble remembering where implicit parentheses are. His overall confidence level has improved since tutoring began, and he has improved overall by a letter grade."
"The student and I went over conic sections for parabolas, circles, ellipses, and hyperbolas. We went over examples from both her textbook and class notes regarding how to graph them and write their equations."
"During this session, DNA was first reviewed including its structure, function, and its role in genetics. Also, systems of equations was reviewed for algebra including slope intercept form and functions of lines. The student is very quick in learning the required math concepts and is an overall great student."
"The student will be taking the credit by exam in Algebra I this summer. We continued to review Algebra 1 by practicing on more questions so he is able to not only recall but quickly recognize different question types. We went over chapter 8 this time."
"We covered the elimination and substitution methods for solving systems of equations and how to recognize when two lines are the same line, when they are just parallel, and when they only intersect at a single point, as well as the importance of keeping track of every part of an equation and checking your work as you go. The student is progressing on schedule. I created most of the problems we used for practice this session so I was able to leave him with the problems in his workbook for practice."
"We covered many practice problems for the student's algebra final. She is making a lot of progress learning the baseline log and exponent concepts. Our work now is just to practice these concepts so we can solidify the knowledge. Her teacher said if she can make an 85, she will keep her B in the class."
"This session covered Algebra, History, and English. The student completed his Algebra while having me review certain questions for his homework. We reviewed multiplication and division of rational expressions. Following this review, I assisted him with his History and his English Homework. We covered the Civil War for History and his book review for English. There were no significant issues during this session."
"The student took both her AP statistics and literature tests last week. The former's free response questions were released online Monday and Sarah wanted to review them since her work was fresh in her head to see what she answered right and wrong. We went through 5 of the questions; I first asked her what she picked up from the information provided and why she answered the question the way she did. The purpose of the free response is to test understanding, not memorization of formulas. Since she will be taking statistics her freshman year the emphasis is on really understanding the what the questions are asking and what she picks up when she reads the question or looks at a chart. We will finish the free response questions on Wednesday and do a final review of key points in statistics so she can take those notes with her to college."
"The student and I had a wrap-up session. We basically talked strategy for taking his exam and what to focus on. There are some topics that he needs to focus on more than others and there is one particular topic that's very difficult and likely not to be on the exam. I advised him not to spend too much time on that topic because he should use his time on other things that are likely to make a bigger impact. He plans to take the online practice exam in the next week or so and if he does well, take the real exam a day or so later. I advised him to pay close attention to the questions that he gets on the practice exam. Any formulas he needed on the practice test, make sure he knows those going into the real exam, and to spend time on any major topics he doesn't feel comfortable with that were on the pre-test. I think he has done great during our sessions and he'll do fine on the test."
"This round of sessions is to prepare the student for her final exam in 2 weeks. She didn't have her review packet yet, so we started at the beginning of her textbook and went through all the topics in order, up to exponents, making sure she understands them and could do related sample problems. She is actually better at this than she says she is, and the lesson went very well, which seemed to boost her confidence. She liked the idea of touching on everything, so we'll continue doing that, and add in the review packet stuff when she gets it. We have two weeks, and she's a bright, motivated student, so I think she's going to do very well."
"Reviewed confidence intervals. Conducted practice problems that included all steps to calculate critical value of z and interpret that data based on given test. We also reviewed chi squared statistic and t- test. Discussed when to use t- test for significance and ask parameters involved. In addition, we made sure to evaluate the distinction between one and two sample t-test. We conducted practice on problems for association and homogeneity within the chi squared testing."