Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight we reviewed 2 of the student's homework assignments. These concerned correlation and multiple regression. We covered how to interpret the SPSS output of these tests and how to write them up in APA style. We looked at a journal article reporting a regression analysis and discussed why the authors made the choices they did, in terms of statistical analysis. Finally, he wanted to understand the difference between one-tailed and two-tailed tests and so we covered that topic."
"During this tutoring session I introduced a few new concepts to the student. Her mother had recommended that we move on to new topics to get her prepared for what they will be covering in math soon. I began by having her complete a mixed practice word problem worksheet. The first two questions she got incorrect, but I let her finish without helping her. Then I showed her where she made a mistake and it seemed she didn't fully read the word problem so she didn't understand what she needed to do. She correctly answered the rest of the worksheet on her own. Then I taught her how to identify triangles. She learned the definitions of equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangles. Then she had to identify each triangle on a worksheet. She really seemed to understand this new concept. Her mother suggested that she write down these new definitions on some flashcards so she can practice them in her free time. Then we looked at identifying parts of a circle. She learned the definitions of circumference, radius, and diameter. It took her a few tries to understand this on the worksheet that I gave her. On the last worksheet I had the student look at a graph and answer questions about it. She answered all of the questions correctly except for the last one where she had to find the average. She said she hasn't learned averages in math yet, so I taught her to add up all of the numbers and then divide by the number of numbers. Before I left I wrote down all of the new definitions for her so she can review them throughout the week. Today she did very well during her tutoring session and it seemed that she was in a very good mood. When I tried to help her with addition she quickly said to me, "I can do it". I will assign her some new quizzes online for homework."
"Today we covered 30 questions of algebra practice problems. The student is a very smart student that needed help in finding the best way to solve any algebra problem. We will meet again on Monday."
"We covered the formal definition of limits using rigorous delta-epsilon proofs. We visualized graphs in three dimensions and their projections into the xy plane, focusing on the punctured disc. The student remembers analysis techniques from calculus I very well and he applied them to homework problems. I also introduced partial derivatives and higher order partial derivatives. He recalled learning this in BC Calculus in high school, so it came very naturally to him. He is an outstanding student who continually demonstrates great ability, intuition, and interest in math."
"We continued with quadratics. She almost completed (99.9% complete) her assignment of finding axis of symmetry, vertex and graphing quadratic equations. A few weeks ago, her teacher told her to get a graphing calculator. She just got a TI-84 silver calculator. I helped her with how to use it to do algebraic calculations."
"Today, the student and I went over his homework packet that he received from school. For today's session, we focused on fractions and percentages. The student had trouble with percentages so I explained that to him and also helped him visualize it on his own. I also explained fractions and moving decimal points in fractions to him. I explained to him how to do the rest of the questions, and he should be able to answer the few remaining questions on his own with little difficulty because we went over those concepts and worked a few examples of those questions, as well. I told him that you're welcome to email or send me a picture message of his homework when he is done and I can check all of his answers. You're also welcome to text/call/email me if he has difficulty answering any questions on the worksheet packet."