Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed her math homework, which covered unit squares. The task was to shade rectangles to visualize fractions and percentages of larger numbers. We also discussed her vocabulary homework and found a recipe for her math class."
"We started the session by studying the 10 spelling words that the student was going to be tested on tomorrow. She got them all right. We then worked on Math, in particular adding single numbers of higher digits. Like 8+9, for example. Her mom had showed me a worksheet that she had completed in class that was timed that she had made some errors on, so that is why we focused on this. I suggested to her mom that until she memorized all of the answers for addition factors with the larger single digit numbers that she might want to count on her fingers. I explained that some teachers discourage that, but I thought that it would be helpful in the mean time. She agreed, so I taught her how to do that. First, we used worksheets with addition problems on them to solve. Next, we did flash cards with addition problems and she used the new tool of counting on her fingers and caught on rather quickly. She was very motivated to get the right answer quickly and we made it a game to see how fast she could go. I encouraged her to practice with the cards so that the next time I came back she could show me how much faster she goes and with accuracy as well. We went back to the worksheet that her mom showed me and we corrected all the problems that she got wrong. Next, she read 3 books to me. I see an improvement in her reading strategies. She is now trying to sound out more words rather than just guessing when she comes across a word that she doesn't know. She seems much more confident and interested in reading. Upon her request, we completed the phonics worksheets that we started working on the other day. The sheets today focused on the long vowel sounds and she did very well with that. I left some more phonics worksheets for her to work on with her mom for homework."
"I started off the session by administering a short quiz. The quiz included: conversions (km to mm, cm to km, etc.), exponent multiplication and division, finding the volume of a rectangular prism with sides containing variables. We also reviewed a few familiar topics such as: polarization and refraction, deriving simple equations to solve for word problems, and converting between decimals and fractions and vice versa. The student did very well tonight, and I am confident that he will continue to excel and master the material."
"The student and I discussed degrees and solving for variables. He understands the concepts very well and just needs practice. He needs further clarification in certain instances when doing problems and once shown a way, he excels in it. His attitude was amazing when learning the material. He was very excited to learn and improve himself. During the session, having him speak his mind while doing problems helped to resolve some of the issues that he was having. Doing the latter made it possible for me as a tutor to see when a mistake occurred and how to avoid the mistake in the future. We did extra practice after the homework was finished during the session. He is amazing at grasping concepts quickly and applying them!"
"The student and I reviewed area and odd/even numbers from an assignment given by her teacher. We also discussed a language arts assignment having to do with a poem. She understood her errors and had no trouble correcting them. I then gave her another assignment with a poem, and she did quite well."
"We went over the equalization of fractions and ordering fractions from least to greatest. The student seems to understand fractions best in pie graph form. I used coins to teach her about denominators."