Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I reviewed solving quadratics, factoring quadratics, and changing standard form quadratic equations to vertex form, in preparation for her upcoming assessment. She did quite well with the topic. There were only a few parts of the topic that she had questions about, and we addressed those during the session."
"For this session, the student and I first reviewed the topics we covered last week (working with positives and negatives, order of operations) as well as discussed different ways to make multiplication and division quicker. Then, I outlined the basic rules and principles for solving equations, going over how to isolate the variable and how to use inverse operations."
"For this session, the student worked on her homework on finding the equation of a line using two sets of ordered pairs. She needed a review of the concepts, so I worked on that with her, and near the end of our session, she was answering the questions accurately. She left the session feeling much more confident in the topic."
"For this session, we covered a variety of topics. First, we examined the student's homework for that day, which involved solving multiplication problems by referencing known multiplication problems. With guidance, she understood how to answer these types of questions, and she improved as time progressed. Next, I tested her on her spelling words. Third, we used flashcards to go through the 2, 3, 4, and 5 times tables. Her speed in answering the problems improved. Finally, we examined some questions she got wrong in class and found that she had trouble figuring out the answers to division problems. I will continue to work with her on division questions in particular, as well as the times tables, in future sessions."
"For this session, we officially started in on pre-algebra! To start, we went over what range, domain, and functions are, and then we went over some different type of equations. Then, we reviewed different types of equations where the student would need to solve for different variables. This is definitely more challenging for him. He's very motivated to rely on doing math in his head, and he seemed a little confused about the idea of finding an equation to solve for any particular variable, rather than having a specific problem to solve. Once I gave him some equations and specific values to solve for, he seemed to pick things up a lot better. Next time, we'll focus on solving more problems to start and then get deeper into what functions are."
"For this session, we went over a brief homework assignment the student had. It primarily concerned sampling distributions, so we discussed a lot of the concepts that fall under that umbrella: definition of a sampling distribution, calculating standard deviations/means for sampling distributions, finding the probability of occurrence for individual observations vs. sample means, thinking through the central limit theorem, etc. We also went over how to use the normalcdf function in the TI family calculators, which is helpful for finding probability from a z-score and is a must for the AP test. At the end, she asked a few questions about other small AP Statistics tidbits (ex., the meaning of the "hat" symbol)."