Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The first student worked from her fourth-grade language arts workbook. We covered helping verbs. She had a little trouble identifying the subject and verb but, by the end of the lesson, she seemed to grasp the concepts. We also went over her spelling unit for this week, and she did quite well on her quiz. The second student continued to work on an informational paper about newly discovered species. We worked on how to go from general ideas in topic sentences to specific details in the examples."
"The student's teacher asked the student to focus on independent reading, so we started reading a book together and discussed the plot, characters, themes, and motifs. She completed a journal entry on her homework and worked on her spelling. She was working with more-complicated words, so we studied pronunciation, proper usage and spelling. We will focus on comprehension, maintaining focus and spelling the next few sessions."
"I spent the first 20 mins reviewing with the student since she received her grades for the tests she had the last two weeks. I covered the homework assignments including perimeters and areas of shapes; also finding how much greater is the area or perimeter between 2 shapes. For Science we covered homework on "the roles of producers, consumers and decomposers." We also covered herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and "what do plants need from the sun?" I went over the major rivers in the U.S."
"The student and I had a good day, nevertheless. We did the usual things--reading, word journal, writing journal, Singapore math. We started a book about water. We reviewed map skills."
"In our first session, we spent the first half reading one of her books she had at school. We practiced looking at the pictures on each page and talking about what was in it. While the student has a vivid imagination and can make great guesses or inferences, she had a hard time simply discussing what was in the picture even after I asked her to just describe the picture. Her reading was good, and her comprehension was also good, but we will be working on applying the picture to the reading on that page. We then moved on to math where we worked on double digit adding and subtracting. The student seemed to have an easy time with this and used her fingers to add and subtract. I did have to remind her to pay close attention to the signs, but she was able to do 6 problems with ease. We then looked at a 100 number chart where we discussed the add 10 rule for each column. After talking about the rule and asking her to give me plus ten and minus ten of a random number, we moved on to adding and subtracting 30, 40, 50, all the way to 70 by counting boxes. We then worked on greater than and less than signs which she also did with ease. Finally, we worked on her spelling words from last week since she didn't do that well on her spelling test. She spelled all the words incorrectly, confusing u's and w's, so we will work on that in our next session."
"It was great to see this student again after the break! His class had started a new math unit on graphing linear equations, a topic that he was finding challenging. We started by discussing the vocabulary: linear equation, slope, intercept, and slope-intercept form. We also graphed two lines to show how the slope impacts the way the graph looks (by impacting the steepness of the line). He struggled with plugging values into the function but quickly caught on to m representing the slope and b representing the y-intercept. We did more practice and he demonstrated proficiency with finding the x-intercept. By the end of the session, his vocabulary was stronger but he still struggled with graphing the equations. Some of his previous difficulty with solving algebraic equations surfaced, but he did a nice job working through that while considering the new material. We will continue with this topic next week!"