Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We used today as a review day because the student has her benchmark exam tomorrow. We started the session by using candy corn as a manipulative for subtraction problems. She was able to write out the number sentence and word problem from the example I gave her. Secondly, we practiced subtraction with borrowing and she did very well on the problems. I stressed the importance of making sure the top numbers are always bigger than the bottom numbers before you can subtract. I also reiterated how you cannot subtract the bottom number from the top numbers! She was able to repeat these concepts to me and explain why they were important. In addition we worked through some simple and complex word problems. She did well on those as well. Later we used flashcards to review simple subtraction problems. She answered all of the problems correctly. Lastly, we reviewed simple and complex odd vs. even numbers. She answered all those problems correctly as well. Today was a great session so I gave her the candy corn as a treat!"
"I met with the student, and she worked on this week's assignment for her class. I also introduced her to some math resources to help on other assignments she has."
"The student and I practiced her multiplication facts. She is getting better at them, and each session I am seeing progress."
"Today, we covered spellings words in preparation for the student's spelling test. We first began with a simple spelling-dictation test. Then, we developed several mnemonic techniques to help with the retention of appropriate spelling for each word he missed."
"The student started working on adding fractions with unlike denominators in class. He said that he felt extremely confident in class since we had gone over this topic already on Tuesday. To ensure he was answering the problems correctly, we went over a few basic addition problems which he answered perfectly. After seeing his confidence and skill, I introduced word problems that used both addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators. Once I did one example showing that subtracting fractions is the same as adding fractions (when there is no regrouping), he was able to work through the problems with me. He got a chance to have to choose the correct operation and find the key words. He did very well."
"The student and I discussed various animals that could be good pets for him and his father to have, such as hamster. We viewed a video about potbelly pigs. He created a story about the three pigs he would have. He wrote a sentence and drew a corresponding sentence. With assistance, he phonetically sounded each word out. In the process we reviewed basic spelling rules and phonemes. He was not struggling with any of the materials covered. He possessed a positive attitude about the material covered, which included math."