Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was very focused today. We started off the session doing a science experiment that showed insects using their color to blend into the environment. She colored two insects (one brown, one green), and two leaves (one brown, one green). After I helped her cut them out, she placed the insects on their respective colors, and opposite as well, then answered the questions of which were easier to see and how the colors help. The next hour was spent looking at the US map and discussing American symbols, state symbols and landmarks. I also gave her time to color the map. The last hour was focused on math and mental math. We're still continuing to work on adding double digit addends with single digit addends. I had her go through her thought process out loud to help her work through the problems. It seems to be helping and next week she should be able to do them without having to verbalize her thought processes. For example, 26+5 (I have her say "6+5=11, so there's 20 left over. 11+20=31)."
"The student and I continued reviewing radicals. This session we worked on decomposing radical fractions and factoring terms to simplify radicals into manageable forms."
"I helped one student practice graphing systems of linear inequalities for his upcoming exam. I helped the other student practice his algebra skills using word problems."
"The student found a very challenging concept today with interpreting pictographs and bar-graph data. I explained to him that he has to look at certain words to determine whether or not to add / subtract. He did very well on his math basics by adding and subtracting three digit numbers. The money problems were easy for him too. I'm going to follow up with data graphs next week. He works very hard for a full hour for his age. It's very hard to sit that long and focus at the end of the day, so I have him walk around and tell time sometimes."
"My student's class is going to start a new unit on integers beginning on Wednesday. I brought a couple of worksheets with me on adding and subtracting positive and negative integers. I went over the rules for adding and subtracting positive integers, adding and subtracting two negative integers, and adding and subtracting a positive and a negative integer. I had her practice a few problems on a white board and solve a few problems on a worksheet. She was able to solve most problems with minimal assistance. I assigned her part of the worksheet to complete before our next tutoring session. I also reviewed a few multiplication facts with my student."
"The student has testing this week, so his teacher has assigned review homework. This homework covered multiplying fractions using models and number lines, which is something that has not been covered in class yet. We discussed how to model fraction multiplication, and went through models M1-M8 together tonight. The one module that we ended on, M12, he had a little bit of difficulty with. He will be working on these this week, and we will review what he has difficulty with on Thursday."