Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student 1 and I went over his division homework. He understands it perfectly, and he is having trouble memorizing fast facts about division. I decided it was better that he hold off on the memorizing until we went over multiplication. We spent the session going over multiplication, and then we switched over to reading/handwriting (still working from a workbook.) Student 2 and I cracked open her non-reading workbook, which consisted mostly of language and mathematical exercises. We did basic addition problems, basic spelling exercises, and pattern-making/recognition sets. Then we continued reading the story about Carolyn, and answered text-based questions."
"The student and I had another great session. Now that she does not have homework, we have been splitting our time evenly between reading and math. She read two passages, and answered questions about those passages. For math, we worked on two digit addition, subtraction, and we ended with a math card game. We will continue to split our time evenly between the subjects, and I am going to pick up some chapter books at the library for her before next week. I was excited to hear that her report card looked good for the end of the year, and we will continue to build her math skills over the summer!"
"The student was cooperative and focused. We began working on his math homework from school, which involved finding cumulative areas and perimeters. He understands the concepts of all the mathematics. The most difficult aspect of the problems are reading through the details. We reviewed strategies for analyzing math problems to make sure nothing is lost. After this, we worked on Math Puzzles and Brain Teasers. Here, we reviewed problems that were slightly above his level in school, and had complex directions. He was able to find the correct answers after working through them. He is improving in his focus, attention to detail, and problem analysis."
"Although the student was a little worn today, I applaud her for her determination. We reviewed her sight words, and even played a little game with them to lift her spirits. She is doing excellent, therefore the next session we will continue to review and add more words to her stash."
"Last session we noted that the student has difficulty with division. We focused primarily on performing division and multiplication problems using his 1-12s table. Throughout the session I encouraged him not to refer to his table so much as think it through. He became more consistent over the course of the hour. We concluded the session with a lengthy word problem; he even said it was fun!"
"The student and I finished Matilda today. Though he saw the movie last week, he's very much interested in the characters and the plot at this point. He even said today, "I'm going to miss Matilda," which is a great thing for a student to say about a book they read. We also did a reading comprehension assignment on thermometers, and a language arts assignment on researching and how to use dictionaries, the thesaurus, encyclopedias, and the Internet for research. He is pretty accustomed to these already. We worked on math review today. He's much improved with knowing the difference between mode, median, and mean, has just gotten fractions, and can estimate using decimals or whole numbers. We'll take the test tomorrow. We have a lot of work left, but this is definitely the homestretch of my work with him."