Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"As far as reading goes, Student C continues to do extremely well. She is completing very difficult reading passages extremely accurately. The major component we are working on in regards to reading is going back to the passage to find answers she is not sure about. She tends to want to just answer the question right away to avoid going back to find a detail-related question, so I make a big deal out of passages that she gets 100% correct, which makes her want to go back to find answers in order to maintain this accuracy. For math, she continues to master new, difficult concepts. We are working on multiplication of double digit numbers, and reading graphs. She is a fast learner, so understands it right away, but definitely needs the repetition to make sure that she remembers it! She is doing so, so well though, and I am so proud of her. Her writing has improved drastically as well. We did an activity in which she started with a simple sentence, and had to continue adding a new word with each sentence to make her sentences longer and more detailed, and I think that's something that really stuck with her. For homework, I would like for her to complete a writing assignment using a template I gave her. Student V is doing really great as well! Her focus is getting better each session. Having our session in the morning really seemed to help. I could tell that she had a lot more energy! She is wonderful at the reading passages that she reads herself, so I am not worried about that portion of the exam. She gets better at the audio comprehension portion each session. We are still working on certain questions like "Which sentence provides evidence for the fact that..." because she gets jumbled up with words like "evidence" (which obviously makes sense since she's 6!) but she is so intelligent and I know that she'll master this just like every other new concept that she's mastered so far! I returned to the diagnostic math portion of the exam that we began when we first started our sessions, and she is doing SO, so great on it. She read the graphs in no time, and was able to automatically recognize measurement objects that she didn't know before, and I am so proud of her! I'm really proud of her math progress. We will continue to work on tricky concepts. The placement test contains a lot of really tricky images, so we're working on deciphering how to read pictures that depict a word problem. But overall, she's doing great. In our next few sessions, we really need to focus on writing. I'm planning game-like activities to get her writing and having fun."
"I asked the student to simplify two fractions and explain his certainty that the final fraction was in lowest (simplest terms) For the first fraction, the student identified all the correct factors for both the numerator and the denominator, but he did not identify the correct Greatest Common Factor (GCF); he hastily identified the GCF as 2. When I asked him to examine the fraction he had reduced, he said "I think it is in lowest terms"; I then asked him to reexamine the rows of factors he had written. He circled the correct GCF and reduced the fraction to lowest terms."
"Today we had a lot of fun! We began by going over the notecards that the student made for her vocabulary words. Some of the sentences that she created for her words were incorrect, so we went over proper usage and application of the words in everyday situations. I had her describe situations in which she could apply the vocabulary words. She was able to relate quite a few words to her recent trip to France. For homework, she is going to finish the list of vocabulary words that I gave her during our last session. She is going to make new note cards, and use the note cards that she has already made in order to compose a story for our next session. She is highly creative, and I am excited to read her story on Thursday! Then we went over simple algebra concepts that may be applied directly or indirectly on the test. The student comprehends math concepts with ease. Then we dove into some math drills that will be helpful in order to increase her speed on the test. We did multiplication-- three by threes and three by fours, then long division. Then we reviewed the divisibility rules in the book."