Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on her homework which, similarly to last week, was mostly money and three digit addition and subtraction. We will need to review her basic math skills."
"Today the student and I worked on geometry, including angles, sides, and how to use a protractor. She seems to be doing a pretty good job understanding it."
"The student and I got along very well from the beginning and started to work on two Venn diagrams. One compared and contrasted mode and median. The other compared and contrasted (1/6 + 1/6) and (3/6 + 4/6). I asked him questions at various levels of Bloom's taxonomy, which he was able to answer and connect to his homework. When completing the fraction diagram, he expressed his understanding of the algorithm procedures, but did not understand the concepts behind the algorithms. We used paper to model the fractions and the addition problems. Next, I talked with him about his disposition toward math. He used to like math, but then the numbers started getting larger and multi-step problems began to "trick" him. He used to have problems in multiplication and division, but now he likes these problems the most. He also enjoys playing games to learn math. Finally, he created three goals for math. First, he wants to pass state assessment on the first try. Secondly, he would like to be in GT for math. Third, he wants to get better at word problems and multi-step problems. I told him I would do my best to help these goals be reached, and he would have to do his best, also. While he looked for a specific math game that he had been telling me about, I took notes on three math exams his mother had set aside. The problems he missed were mostly multi-step problems (not necessarily word problems)."
"The student has a quiz on angles tomorrow. We reviewed Sections 2 and 3 of Ch.9 on angles. She is lacking confidence with quarter, half, three-quarter, and full turns, so we work on that a lot. I make her complete the extra credit problems in the chapter, to give her a chance to use what she knows. She is very adept with math, and she is good at tying together telling time, fractions, and angles. I think she is well-prepared for the test."
"We worked on counting change with pennies and nickels. The student identified a nickel and then showed me how many pennies were equal to one nickel. I also had the student show me 6 cents, 7 cents, and 8 cents. She is to practice adding pennies and nickels and identifying dimes and quarters before our next session. We also practiced time to the hour, which the student did super on! We were able to read a couple of pages in our story and continued discussing what was going. The student worked hard today!"
"Today the student worked on her math homework, which involved how to find the area, perimeter, length, and/ or width of a rectangle. She demonstrated clear understanding of the subject matter and was able to reason her way through complicated equations with multiple variables. She is a very bright young lady with a great attitude - she was committed to completing as much homework as possible while I was there. Once she had finished her math homework, she jumped right into an English project that is due at the end of the month. The assignment is to write poems in a number of different formats. Today she wrote a silly alliterative "alphabet" poem, and she would like to complete another poem next week if she finishes her math homework in time."