Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student just started a unit on the Pythagorean theorem, so I gave him several practice problems. He understands the material well and there are no problems. I also tested him on Relationships within Triangles. He does need to review a couple of the definitions for this chapter, but he did well nonetheless."
"The student and I discussed chi-squared tests and reviewed confidence intervals. He needed a little more clarification on interpreting confidence intervals. I saw 1 test score of 70, so we went over the mistakes from that test. He had an M&M activity that introduced him to chi-squared tests and making a decision about a null hypothesis. He seemed comfortable with what we discussed. I didn't leave him with extra practice; however, I plan to bring materials to help him prepare for the AP exam the next time we meet."
"I practiced problems on stating the most specific name for quadrilaterals: kite, rhombus, rectangle, parallelogram, square and trapezoids. We solved for x for each of the shapes and found the indicated angles. we also solved the missing angles for the Pythagorean theorem, the sine/cosine of the angles. I started to cover multi-step angles for right triangles and will continue next week since she just started on that. The student scored "84" on her last test."
"We reviewed how to properly determine and state the null and alternative hypotheses, since he was still not feeling very confident about that. We discussed that further and he seemed to have a better grasp on it. We also discussed the difference between Type I and Type II errors. We will meet again on Sunday evening since his exam was moved back to next Monday."
"Today we focused on vocabulary. The student had a quiz in class today asking how to use "Commutative Property" to solve. After discussion, she was correct on combining like terms but didn't know how to answer the question because she was unsure what that term meant. She went over 1) Commutative property of multiplication and addition (order changes but the answer remains the same). 2) Associative Property (groupings change in addition and multiplication but the solution remains the same). 3) Distributive Property (from factored form to expanded form and vice versa). 4) Identity Property (Addition adding zero keeps the identity and in multiplication multiplying by one). We went over a few examples of each. She is hesitant in identifying which property, but is on the right track. Next I found a sample question to discuss how that type of question would look in an exam. Next, she will be celebrating Pi Day in class tomorrow. In order to give her a jump start into the lesson we discussed what Pi is and where it came from Pi=circumference divided by diameter of a circle. We identified the parts of a circle (radius, diameter, circumference, area). We reviewed number 41 on practice quiz (finding circumference of a circle). She solved with ease. She continued to answer questions on how to find the area of a circle. She ended tonight's session with finding scale factor for proportional ratios in 2 ways. Easily, she was able to find an increase of 20% by 1) Solving for 20%. 2) Adding it to the original value."
"Today I worked with the student on the concept of positive and negative numbers today. I brought a small white board which really worked well and he enjoyed working out his practice problems. I suggested using a white board would be helpful because the student is a visual learner and it seems to help him focus. The student's dad requested math topics for him to practice with the student on the weekend. My suggestion was for him to continue practice problems using positive and negative numbers for all operations. I shared with him I would leave him a list on Wednesdays after our tutoring session for weekend review. The student was engaged and worked well today."