Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this lesson the student and I got to know each other and discussed her goals for tutoring. Then we went over her two homework assignments which are due this week. Specifically we covered how to interpret printouts, exploring univariate normality, skewness and kurtosis, etc. Then we covered interpreting exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis printout using. At the end of the session, the student seemed much more comfortable with the work she is doing and even said she found the one-on-one discussion of the material helpful."
"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 completed homework for section 9.3 (rotations); reviewed homework for sections 9.1 and 9.2 (translations and rotations); and worked on the Mid-Chapter Quiz for Chapter 9. I have no concerns for this session."
"Today, we reviewed the student's math exam. Unfortunately, he did not do as well as expected, however we did the test corrections together 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 as always to ensure the student retains information previously covered. Subtraction by 2 & 3 were introduced and she did well on those. She took more 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 seemed to know them well from school as she had no issues doing the problems and explaining to me how she came up with those numbers. She sometimes forgets to carry the one over to the next place, but with some guidance, she remembers. I left the student with 4 homework sheets that will give her extra practice for addition. Will be sure to give her subtraction worksheets next time."
"We reviewed antiderivatives, the chain rule, and u-substitution. In general, he was good at actually solving the problem, but got caught up on the vocabulary and technical parts of it. We focused on generalizing the problems, making connections, and clarifying what steps he had to take to solve the problem. Once he got underway, Will made few errors, and overall he felt much better about the material. We covered a few different problems from each topic, and then I left him with the rest of the problems to do as many as possible. He had a quiz the next day, so we are going to check back in on how that went later this week."
"The student completed Unit 9 on Probability today by passing the Checkpoint Practice and Graded Tests of 15 questions each. He was supported on the Practice Test with review of concepts and prompting; he completed the Graded test independently. The Practice test yielded a grade of 100% and the Graded test was a 93%. The student is now able to remember how to change fractions and decimals to percent and how to change percent to a decimal. He has an excellent understanding of probability including when events are dependent or independent, and when to multiply probabilities (for overlapping events) or add them (for non-overlapping events). He also sees the difference between experimental and theoretical outcomes, and how the Rule of Large Numbers is applied. The student continues to show a positive attitude and increased ability to work independently with excellent comprehension and recall."
"We started to discuss the solution sets to systems of equations. First, we looked at graphical solutions through the calculator. Second, we discussed the substitution method. Third, we used the elimination method. After looking at word problems with systems of equations, we started to preview Matrices to solve through elimination."
"Nice to see the student again today. We continued some of the work we had done during our previous session. This included work on partial fractions, trigonometric substitution, and took an electric substation while completing the square. We also did some review on L'Hopital's rule, uv-substitution, u-substitution, and solving systems of equations with two and three variables. He has a quiz coming up today, so we will see where he is at after that. Otherwise, I am looking for to meeting with him again on Monday."
"Today, I taught the student how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with different denominators. She did great with the fractions. The mixed numbers necessitated instructions in converting them to improper fractions in order to do the calculations and then converting them back to mixed numbers. The student caught on very quickly. We also examined a 1-inch section of a tape measure as I explained to the student how an inch is broken down into 16ths and 8ths; a lesson that has to be continued. I left the student with step-by-step instructions to add/subtract fractions and mixed numbers with different denominators for her notebook, as well as some practice problems to work on until our next session."
"We spent the majority of the session working to find an equation of a polynomial when given a set of roots. We were able to extend this one step further by including the case that the polynomial must also pass through some given point. In addition to this, we practiced the simplification of fractions as they would appear at the end of the quadratic formula, we discussed the existence of repeating roots in polynomials, practiced using Descartes's Rule of Signs, and reviewed what topics the student can expect to see on her upcoming unit test."
"Student and I worked through the sections that would be covered in his upcoming exam. We explored alternative ways of solving each problem in order to reinforce the concepts. He seems to have a good understanding of the material, as well as what areas will need additional reinforcement. He was open to working through a problem using multiple methods. Although the course set up lends itself to plug and chug problem solving methods, he seems to prefer to think analytically about each problem and work towards a deeper understanding of each concept."
"Student had an exam on Thursday, but his paper has not been returned. We went over two problems from the exam where he had difficulty. Then we spent the rest of the time on new concepts and examples from his textbook. He seemed to grasp the ideas and apply them well."