Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we focused on the chi-square distribution. In particular, we calculated the chi-square test of independence by hand, obtaining the test statistic, identifying the critical value, making a statistical decision, interpreting the result, and calculating an effect size (phi)."
"Om and I worked on his homework. He understands how to do the problems, but has trouble when he rushes or gets distracted. His mistakes are easy to address. We are working on writing out problems more neatly to avoid errors and on rechecking work after completing a problem. We are also learning strategies for reading word problems, so he knows what he is being asked to do."
"On Thursday, she did not have any homework to go over, but her teacher provided me with subjects and future lesson plans. We covered some order of operations, designated rational vs irrational numbers, did some rational operations, and I tested some of her mental math skills. On Monday, I went over her notes on transformations in the coordinate plane (translation, rotation, reflection), and I found sample problems online for extra practice. We discussed coordinate patterns for rotation and reflection, and how to write transformations algebraically. She did a fantastic job, and proved to me with practice that she mastered the material."
"On Thursday, the student mostly worked on his ELA homework, as I guided him in editing a paragraph that he had written. The paragraph was about a book on baseball that he had read. We mostly worked on getting the whole paragraph in the same (present) tense and making certain phrases more concise. He worked on a few questions from his Math's Mate worksheet, and we went over a science question. A win for the day's session was that he got a 14/15 on his latest science test."
"On today's session, we did some works on algebra. We did some practice exercises on polynomial and factorization. At the beginning, there were some struggles, but by the end, it went fine. The students exhibited willingness and determination to learn. The session was really great. I gave them some materials and homework for the next session."
"One hour session! We mostly went over related rates problems. We struggled a bit but got it sorted by the end. The biggest hang up was in taking the derivative with respect to time when our functions weren't written in terms of time yet- specifically we took the derivative of tan(theta) with respect to time by taking the derivative with respect to theta and leaving a factor of dtheta/dt which we eventually solved for. Beyond that, we mostly spend time talking about derivatives as a concept in the abstract, thinking about what units are typically associated with rates of change versus a standard function for distance or another variable."