Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we started a new section on probability and statistics. We covered lessons 4.01 and 4.02. Lesson 4.01 covered counting principles, including the multiplication and addition principles. For example, if you can choose between two yogurt flavors, and then choose among three fruit flavors, how many different outcomes are there (i.e., multiplication principle)? The student seemed comfortable with these concepts, so he went ahead and took the quiz. He received a 4 out of 5. Lesson 4.02 covered permutations and factorials. Lesson 4.01 introduced factorials without calling them factorials, so 4.02 provided formulas for them and examples for solving using factorials (and order of operations!). Lesson 4.02 also included permutations; for example, taking four items four at a time or four items two at a time. He (again) seems to really understand the subject matter. Finally, lesson 4.02 covered situations in which items are repeated in a set and when items are arranged in a circle. The student took the quiz for 4.02 and received a 5 out of 5."
"We went over her homework (she is working on finding the surface area of rectangular prisms and triangular prisms and cylindrical prisms). Then we worked on corrections from her past math homework. I helped explain the formula she is now working with (Surface area= 2(length*width)+2(width*height)+2(height*length) by showing her that it is just the simplest way to calculate the individual sides to find the whole. We also talked about pi and how even though they're using 3.14 it has a lot more digits, since one of the questions asked why they couldn't find the precise answer for cylindrical prisms. She struggled with the math, but I explained the different problems in several different ways to show her that she is doing the same thing she has done before just in different way (i.e. using equations instead of calculating each aspect by itself). I was very happy to see that she has gotten a lot better about putting the decimal in the right place in multiplication problems without being prompted."
"We went through the student's entire nine-weeks review for geometry. Covering proofs and theorems, coordinate planes, dilations/ scaling, distance formula, parallelograms, trig functions, and triangles."
"Started with the student explaining in writing perimeter and area. She also drew diagrams of both. Worked on and completed her math homework which was on area. Reinforced successful practices when working word problems. Finally ended with word problems on equivalent fractions."
"We went over decimals and fractions and how they relate. First the student did her math homework and drew bars that related to both decimals and fractions. We then watched a video on decimals and answered questions on a quiz afterward. We identified what each numbers place means and how the decimal point relates to it. We worked on identifying the place a decimal, fraction, or whole integer is on a number. We finished the session with grammar homework and appositive phrases. I am very pleased with the student's attentiveness. She picks up concepts quickly and remembers them in later sessions."
"Tonight we worked on the student's test corrections for his fractions test. It is very important for him to write down the problems and work them out. Next week we will work on test corrections for the geometry test."