Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we reviewed normal distributions. We discussed the properties associated with a normal distribution. I explained to him the importance of learning the z-score formula and memorizing it for exams. I taught him the difference between one-tailed and two-tailed probability. I quizzed him to see if he remembered the components of the five-number summary, and he listed all of them correctly. I shared with him a document that explained detailed information about the five-number summary and how it is utilized in statistics. Next, I assigned some practice problems from his warm-up worksheet. He understood the statistic concepts. We worked through some problems together, and I asked him questions to test his understanding. He demonstrated that he had a good understanding of the concepts we were discussing. Lastly we worked through questions from his practice test."
"Adding/Subtracting/Multiplying Matrices The student did well with this today--he understood the concepts quickly and executed them fairly accurately."
"Today, we covered lesson 5.07 and started lesson 5.08. Lesson 5.07 covers frequency distributions. The lesson started with a review of stem-and-leaf plots, then it introduced frequency tables and histograms. The student worked through a practice problem and developed a frequency table. The lesson explained three common types of frequency distributions: uniform, bell-shape, and skewed (to the right or to the left). He worked through some practice problems about the different distribution shapes. He seemed pretty comfortable with the concepts and took the 5.07 quiz. The first time he got a 4 out of 5. The second attempt he got a 3 out of 5 because the one he thought he missed was in fact correct. The third attempt (he can take quizzes up to three times) he got a 5 out of 5. I walked him through why the one answer was correct and explained the difference between skewed to the right and skewed to the left. We then started lesson 5.08 on normal distributions. The lesson started with a lengthy graphical explanation of how much data falls within one, two, and three standard deviations of the mean. I was able to get him to articulate what he did not understand. I presented the information differently (I think the colors in the graphic threw him off), and he said he understood. We started working through some of the practice problems that asked things like, "If 1500 students took an exam and the mean and standard deviation are x and y, what percentage of students got less than a 70?" He initially struggled with the concept of the normal distribution, but I think beginning to work through problems helped him."
"The student got 92.5% on the multiple choice part and 97.14% on the free response part of his final semester exam. His class has skipped Chapters 7 and 8 for now. We reviewed homework for section 9.3 (rotations); reviewed homework for sections 9.1 and 9.2 (translations and rotations); and reviewed the Mid-Chapter Quiz for Chapter 9."
"Today, we reviewed the student's math exam. He did the test corrections to increase his grade. We also reviewed the topics that he had forgotten, including exponents, factors, and order of operations. Afterwards, we went over his language arts homework, in which he needed to write a speech about someone he admired. I looked over what he had written and provided feedback, which he incorporated after the meeting."
"We reviewed past topics to ensure the student retains information previously covered. Subtraction by 2 and 3 was introduced, and the student did well on those. She took time to count backwards in her head, but with additional sessions, I'm sure she will be able to memorize them. We also briefly covered number places (ones, tens, hundreds), and she had no issues doing the problems and explaining to me how she came up with those numbers. I left her with 4 homework sheets that will give her extra practice for addition. I will give her subtraction worksheets next time."