Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the chain rule by doing several complicated derivatives (trig, log, exponent, square root). We talked about derivatives being slope and tangent lines. We will move on to finding tan line equations for regular and parametric equations next time."
"We prepared one last time for the student's midterm that is on Tuesday. We went through all of the previous lessons and did example problems. She was very nervous about the test upon arriving and we were able to go through the problems and calm her nerves to the point that she felt confident in her skills to do well."
"This was my first time meeting the student. We spent some time talking, getting to know each other. He was very shy at first, but by the end of the session I think he had warmed up to me a little. We talked about some college things, programming, and all sorts of other topics. The student's math program he is in does a little bit of everything. He has touched on Calculus, and Trig, and series, all within the 9th grade. He is a smart kid, but, of course, he is having a hard time keeping everything straight. We spent most of our time going over some calculus problems. He did not know that the derivative was the slope of a function, even though he knew how to do power rule problems. We went over some max/min problems as well as going over power rule problems that had tricks in it. (like 4/x^4, or sqrt(x)). There were some more problems from the review PowerPoint that I suggested he finish before his test. They are great because they have good solutions so he can make sure he is doing the problems correctly."
"We continued reviewing contingency tables, correlation, probability, and chi squared testing. We first looked over identifying the differences between marginal probability and conditional. Once he was able to correctly identify and calculate either type, I showed him how to interpret either scenario in any context. We then covered the significance of gamma and how it pertains to chi squared testing. I made sure he knew how to calculate the number of concordant/ discordant pairs that are needed to obtain gamma. We finished the session going over calculating chi squared by hand."
"We reviewed the multiplication tables for 2 and 3. The student demonstrated mastery with both. He is able to say them without looking. Next, we practiced the multiples of 4. I had him work on an activity called Target Multiplication. It is another way to practice multiplication. I modeled one for him, then we did two together and he did a few on his own."
"On Tuesday, the student was finishing up a math worksheet about creating arithmetic functions and recursive formulas. Through a little extra research, we were able to gain a better understanding of what numbers to plug into each type of formula, and what the variables mean. She then completed her unit test. I reviewed it and it looked like she would earn an A from the work that she completed."