Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is gearing up for his retake tomorrow on binomial and geometric settings. I had a list of problems from the book we share to work on, and I thought he was able to work through the questions more successfully than previously. He seems to be feeling more confident in his work, but I encouraged him to write things down and to really take his time when doing calculations, as his tendency to rush to the final calculation and answer seems to cause him problems."
"The student is getting ready for finals. We reviewed the formula for a circle, and went into detail on the rules for monomials. We spent time on definitions for matrices and multiplication. Then, we looked at domain problems and related them to valid input."
"The student is getting the opportunity to retake a statistics test he didn't do as well on as he would have liked, so he wanted to review the material for that unit to make sure he does as well as possible. I found several practice problems for him that involved random variables and contingency tables, and we worked through all of them together, making sure he understood each step along the way. We also did one problem that used Bayes' theorem and probability trees. The student felt that he ultimately had a better understanding of these concepts, which is great."
"The student is having a little trouble in math. I spoke earlier in the day with her mother about her struggles, and she says it stems from her lack of a solid mathematical foundation. She suggest we start with the multiplication tables. The student doesn't know them off the top of her head, but they aren't completely foreign to her. We worked through a few rows and columns, and I showed her some tricks for how to make it easier to get through. I recommended she practice on her own daily to improve."
"The student is improving fast! We started our session by discussing graphing again. Last session he did a great job plotting points on a graph, but struggled with the opposite of labeling points on a graph with an order pair. I demonstrated the connection between graphs, ordered pairs, and equations. We did a lot of conceptual work on this and the student successfully identified several points. We finished the worksheet and successfully identified the domain, range and extrema. We decided it would be important to review this again next session since he will have a test on this material. We worked through these problems relatively slowly the first few times and then we pulled out the calculator. The student doesn't have much familiarity with calculators, so we are going to try practicing more with these as well. Overall, it was a productive and great session."
"The student is improving. He just needs to practice more problems. His handwriting can be an issue, as he makes simple mistakes that are avoidable. Sometimes he forgets the negative sign. He also needs to write down some of the steps, even if they are simple steps, instead of doing them in his head because then he confuses the numbers in his head and forgets which numbers belong to which math problem. By correcting his handwriting, writing out each step in the math problem instead of doing the math in his head, and practicing more, he can significantly improve his exam scores. Math is just like football: you must practice every day in order to master the skill, then when it comes game day (i.e., math test day) he will have already practiced so many times that he will be able to demonstrate his mastery on the exam."