Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight the student and I went over a quiz he had taken the previous week. We reviewed inverse trig functions first, going over the approach to the inverse reciprocal functions and using their domains to determine when an answer would be positive or negative. We then delved into differential equations, which incorporated the integrals of functions that led to either arcsin or arctan, and how to solve these when given a coordinate. We continued with finding the derivative of an inverse function, and how to solve given an x-value. We finished our session talking about area between two curves, and how to approach specific examples that look like they switch the x and y values. As this, and volume using integration, were the coming subjects in their class, he said he would continue to study these topics. He has a short quiz tomorrow on area between two curves, and he seemed pretty prepared to take on this new subject!"
"We spent the entire time on homework. The student had a packet on two- and three-step multiplication problems. Some asked her to walk through the steps, others had the steps within a word problem, and some provided the numbers and asked the student to write a word problem. She worked through them methodically. She usually knew the steps required to solve the problem. We will work more on determining the correct operation. Before leaving, she showed me two online math programs she's using for enrichment. We also practiced paper and pencil multiplication problems."
"The student and I focused on fractions this evening. We worked on changing fractions and improper fractions into decimals. While working on this objective, we noticed a pattern in order to remember his 8s. He needs to remember the pattern for the ones place is 8, 6, 4, 2, 0. He can count by ones starting with zero in the tens place. The exception with tens place is when the ones place is a zero, he will repeat the tens place number again for the 8. We also played the diver game that helps him with fractions. I have seen improvement with his fraction number lines through that game."
"We reviewed two assignments related to I/O psychology. The student wanted to particularly review whether aspects of her assignment were well written with regard to content and the overall flow of the assignments. She also wanted to ensure that the concepts explored in the assignment were being accurately addressed in her assignments. We also spent a bit of time discussing measures of central tendency, measures of spread and levels of measurement (i.e. nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio). Lastly, we talked about the unique aspects of the normal curve. I am sending her a word document that reviews the concepts that we explored. We will continue to work on improving her ability to "contextualize" concepts and definitions that are giving her trouble."
"We went over z-scores and box plots and covered basic functions on her calculator. The student has a great attitude! This was our first session and the student is going to practice the topics we covered on her own and ask questions when we meet tomorrow. Next session should also cover linear regression and sample-based statistics."
"Today was the student's third session and I have to say that I'm encouraged with her progress early on. She has gotten more familiar with integrals and intervals, and seems to understand the material because she asks very intuitive questions. Today we reviewed expectation values, variance, covariance, and several related theorems. The strategy for this material is to become familiar with all the theorems that relate these concepts because the homework questions require an understanding of the connection between these ideas. The student needs a bit of time to work through this material on her own, which is what I told her to do. The student's attitude is so positive and conducive to learning that I'm confident she will learn all the material."