Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed algebra - expressions and equations. We practiced writing expressions with symbols and variables and finding a number to replace the variable or symbol in an equation. Then he had to complete a practice worksheet on his own. He had to write an expression to show the relationships in a story problem, and solve an equation with a number missing from it."
"The first student worked on proper and common nouns. We also edited her persuasive essay on smoking, revising several sentences and replacing repetitive nouns with pronouns. Student 2 wrote his newspaper article about rising tensions between British and American people before the revolutionary war. We revised it. We focused on fixing proper nouns and making sure none of the sentences were run-on."
"The student was challenged by the math today. He was determined to apply himself though, and in the end we made huge progress. The goal continues to be fluency and ease with manipulating fractions: comparing which one in a pair is larger or smaller, adding, and reducing them. Ultimately, we finished today's homework sheet."
"The student and I continued working on math and reading. He is still struggling with showing his work for math and remembering key ways to solve problems (i.e. exponents). He is doing well in reading comprehension as he can recognize themes, conflicts, and plot. I would encourage him to read books that are a little more challenging. I left him with homework for math and wanted him to follow the format I showed him to show his work. I also asked him to continue reading, recording events and vocab words."
"Today the student wrapped up her work on fractions, and we moved on to additional math subjects. She has come a long way on mixed number and fraction conversions, and has good instincts now. She already had good instincts on fraction operations, but we have been working to practice these skills and self-analyze her performance. For both, she could do with continuous practice to ensure the skills stick with her, and I've assigned her a bit more homework to practice. We also worked on negative numbers today, and on becoming more self-reliant through double checking and referring to her flashcards before asking for help. She is doing well on the self-reflection, and we'll continue doing that."
"The student and I began with fraction arithmetic. I showed him how to find online resources, especially quizzes that would give immediate results. We spent some time clarifying how fraction division works. We also spent some time on common denominators and reducing fractions. After that, we worked on his creative story. One of his obstacles is his difficulty in turning his thoughts into words, so we focused on writing his story without discussing the details he was envisioning. This worked out relatively well."