Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student really didn't need my help today to go over her assignment for the test - it was more rational functions. I think it just helps her to have someone affirming that she is in fact doing the problems correctly, so that's the role I tend to stick to. She was able to do all of the problems on her own with a couple of small error corrections from me (things like minus instead of plus signs, etc.)."
"The student just started with binomials. Today we went over methods of organizing them so as to not make simple mistakes."
"Today we studied for the student's Math test. We worked on his review and several practice questions. He is ready for his test."
"The student worked on homework that covered converting between logarithmic and exponential functions, finding the inverse, solving for a variable in the exponent position inside a logarithmic function, and graphing logarithmic functions while first writing the equation of the inverse."
"Today the student and I worked exclusively on hypothesis testing. This is a pretty difficult concept and process, so I began by asking her to tell me everything she knows about hypothesis tests. This gave me a sense of where she stood on the concept, but I think it also helped her by putting into words the ideas that up to that point had been pretty abstract. It also helped her see where the gaps in her understanding were. From there we talked about the theory of hypothesis tests and why somebody would conduct one. She went through the nine steps required of a complete hypothesis test and we broke down why each step is important and what it actually entails. I think this really helped--after doing so she seemed much more confident in her ability to complete and understand the process. Finally, I had her do a couple of problems. We worked through all nine steps, and I had her explain back to me the theory behind each of the steps and what her answers meant in concrete terms. After she had finished each problem, she interpreted her results and what they meant. Her understanding of hypothesis tests improved dramatically over the course of our session, which I think went extremely well."
"During Tuesday's session we focused on test preparation. We reviewed what we had covered so far in the two previous meetings. We focused on the special characteristics and theorems of parallelograms, squares, rectangles, rhombi, trapezoids, and kites. I advised the student to only write down on his small note card what he does not fully remember or recall off the top of his mind. I think this will gave him a more strategic plan as far as his test materials goes. I feel that he has a good retention on most of the material we have covered. There are a few details that he sometimes overlooks, but I think going over problems like we did during Tuesday's session helps to remind him of similar problems he has done in the past. We then moved to a review that he was working on. He had a majority of the review finished. We talked about each question and he said that he understood the material, which I feel he does based on the amount of review he had finished prior to the session and his current quiz score. There were only a few questions that he had not finished, so we focused our time on creating techniques to solve these questions, as there may be similar ones on the test. We concluded the session just talking about test taking techniques."