Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I took the time to familiarize myself with the student's problem areas in math. I reviewed all the material her teacher provided that stated what subjects were being discussed, test results, and assignments. Afterwards I let her describe to me what she felt were her problem areas. She stated that she struggled the most with fractions so that's what we focused on for this session. In order to get an understanding of what she knew we did a general review of fractions. I asked her to explain to me her definition of fractions and she gave a good explanation. I explained to her that fractions are used to describe something that is less than 1. I demonstrated how to use pictorial references to make adding and subtracting fractions easier. I gave several examples, such as using a pizza to represent 1/4, a candy bar to represent 3/4 and a pie to represent 3/8. Then we reviewed the names of the different components of a fraction, such as denominator and numerator. The remainder of the session was used for the student to complete a worksheet that required her to add and subtract fractions. The worksheet included a mixture of fraction types such as improper fractions and mixed numbers. She struggled with problems that contained mixed numbers and improper fractions so I explained a step by step process to solve those problems. I left the student with a worksheet to work on through the week. The worksheet required her to review all the concepts we discussed in this session."
"We focused on covering assignments. We also worked on prime factorization, exponents and PEMDAS calculations. There was improvement in her grades."
"We began by practicing division problems using the partial quotient algorithm. The student did very well with this. We then did some practice word problems that required us to use division to solve. The answers required the student to identify and understand the meaning of quotient and remainder. This was not too difficult for her. The last topic that we reviewed involved fractions. This topic is just being introduced in her classroom. The work involved tape diagrams. The student had to first identify how much of the tape was shaded and then how the shaded area was broken up. This information had to be written in the form of an equation and also in a diagram. The student seemed to understand this topic also."
"The student and I covered decimal places and value of each digit place (tenths, hundredths, etc.). We covered greater than, less than, and equal as it pertains to decimal. We also studied the calculation of area for rectangle. She excelled at all aspects of today's session."
"We went over adding and subtracting mixed numbers. We also went over the multiplication of fractions. The student adds fractions very well but she takes a bit longer to subtract. She subtracts mixed numbers best by turning them into improper fractions, then subtracting, and then simplify into a mixed number. We went over the beginning of multiplication of fractions. We watched a video that helped her visualize what was happening. Then we did a few examples. She had to get used to not adding the numerators, but she caught on quickly."
"For this session, the student completed his homework. He easily identified the time at the hour on his homework assignment. He practiced fractions by dividing a large group of Froot Loops into groups of 2, 3, 4, 6, etc. He started to get the hang of this concept today and enjoyed eating his Froot Loops at the end. He and I also looked at coins and identified the names and value of each coin. He did a great job today!"