Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session, we focused on the areas where the student needed more practice, such as Division and Word Problems. Moreover, in order to keep him engaged, we also talked about a few science experiments."
"We covered how to compare fractions visually. The student initially struggled with understanding the meaning of a fraction of a whole. We began visualizing these problems as pies that must be cut equally. She will continue finishing up the math homework that I assigned her last Thursday."
"Tonight, the student did not have homework, so we read a book of his choosing. It was a nonfiction book about helicopters. We discussed the text features, in particular a text box that identified the length of each type of helicopter and amount of miles it could fly on a tank of fuel. He had a hard time imagining the lengths of feet and miles, so we discussed them in terms he could relate to. We compared various types of helicopters and discussed the dates that they were manufactured and the functions of the various designs. I helped him chunk multi-syllable words, as he tended to slur over them or substitute other words that were similar, but not accurate to the text. During our discussion, I realized that the student was not able to name the months of the year in order. I helped him learn them by grouping them into 3's. I suggested that I go over them again next time, as it is important information that is useful in our everyday lives."
"The student took her science test today and reportedly did very well! I'm not surprised. Now that the science test is over, we are going to focus on her writing skills. She has lots of great ideas; she just needs to practice streamlining them and perfecting them into coherent sentences. We will continue to practice her writing."
"We covered the student's book, his presentation, and did preliminary research for a Spanish activity. His speech was a bit choppy, but he's getting there. He was positive today and ready to do plenty of work. I made sure he took the lead on all the thinking, but I helped him write in a more cohesive way. It was a good session."
"Today the student and I worked on some basic geometry -- partly identifying shapes and partly beginning to explore angles. I made her a list of characteristics of shapes and worked with her in identifying relationships between the names and numbers of sides by identifying prefixes from words she knew (like 'deca' in 'decade' referring to 'ten'). Working with angles was more difficult, and I did my best to represent the concepts visually. We will continue to work on them. We finished the session with some more multiplication practice. She has definitely shown improvement. She did almost the entire set in her head and was remembering multiplication facts that previously challenged her. I think tomorrow we can move up to multiplication by 2 digit numbers."