Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the student's math homework today. Her homework was solving equations - finding the solution set for the variable."
"The student and I first went over all of the homework packets she had received from her teacher, in preparation for her exams. Some she had done in class and some were homework. She showed me the problems she had missed. They had a lot to do with factoring and distributing. She sometimes misses her signs or a number gets lost, and I continued to show her different ways of keeping her work in order. The student is incredibly gifted, but sometimes her mind thinks faster than her hands, so she will see a problem like (250) + (100), and she will multiply rather than add them. I will continue to work with her on slowing down."
"During this session the student and I discussed both Algebra 2 and Chemistry. For algebra, we looked at finding solutions to inequalities and graphing them. She had a good grasp on finding the endpoints, but asked how to determine if the solution was between the endpoints or outside of them. I suggested testing points in the different possible intervals to see if the inequality is true or false at these points. If the inequality is false for a point in some interval, then that interval cannot be part of the solution. For chemistry, we reviewed determining mole relationships in chemical equations. She has an equation that can produce the correct answer to some of the questions on this topic, but she mentioned that she was confused about certain problems. I offered a different technique that works by thinking about the actual physical and chemical situation being described in each problem, as opposed to simply plugging numbers into an equation. My motivation was to help her break away from the usage of some equation and really begin to digest the underlying chemical concepts. I felt this would eliminate her confusion. However, I believe she felt more comfortable using her original technique and, as we tried more problems, she demonstrated that she is able to reach the correct answers smoothly."
"We went over the concept of normal distribution, t-distribution, confidence level, and confidence interval, and also sampling distribution of the sample mean. We also worked on using t-table."
"The student and I went over two of his assignments in preparation for the exam. He has done really well with mastering the course concepts, and is doing well even with remembering complicated formulas for his homework problems. He has come a long way and is doing quite well."
"The student and I went back through his chapter 4 homework and did a detailed review through the questions. This largely involved calculating probabilities under different intervals of z-values of binomial distributions. He was focused and mastered a lot of challenging content. For our next lesson, the student will do some review problems in 4, and work ahead for 3 sections in chapter 6, which we will cover together conceptually. His class starts next week, and he's well-prepared to go into college statistics. I'm very proud of his work!"