Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the outline and text for a project that requires him to create and design a Public Service Announcement. In addition, we continued to work on mathematics and conversions as we reviewed a previously completed exercise that he had to rework for re-submission."
"For the first half of the session, we discussed the student's science homework and lab. We read the sections in his book on atomic mass and isotopes and then the student did the practice questions. By the end of the session, the student was able to state the number of protons, electrons, and neutrons in each atom when given the atomic mass and the atomic number. For the second half of the session, we went through the student's math homework. In math, he is learning about proportions and percents. He had already attempted the math homework, and he had a score on 2/3 questions. I showed him how to approach the question that he had difficulty with (finding the original price of an item that is on sale). I then gave the student several practice questions of the same type to reinforce the concepts. By the third question, the student had found a pattern, and could complete the questions very quickly. I then gave the student several practice questions that resemble percent questions on the ISEE: percent increase of geometric shapes. The student latched on to this concept quickly and enjoyed working on the more difficult problems. Next week we will continue to go through his math and science homework concepts."
"I introduced letter D with an art project making a duck out of the letter D. Then we looked at items that start with d. Ducks, dogs, dolphins, door, dirt, dinosaur. We traced the letter d and made the d with playdough. We then introduced the number 4. He colored in the number 4 and we used dot markers to make four orange dots and four black dots. Then we worked on handwriting making letter d and number 4."
"The student was assigned a fraction worksheet for homework. The front of the worksheet was in the form of a game, wherein she and I cut up various colored strips of construction paper she'd brought home from school, making two with a value of 1, four with a value of 1/2, eight with a value of 1/4, and sixteen strips of paper with a value of 1/8. Each strip was to be labeled appropriately, then we were to play a game several times to help her become more familiarized with how the various values relate and compare to one another. After playing that game a few times, we then worked on the back of the worksheet, which required that the student use the strips to determine which fraction had a greater value (i.e. 3/8 or 1/2). Upon completing the fractions worksheet, we then went to the computer to do a bit more ERB practice questions from the same website another tutor had us used during the previous session."
"We worked on spelling and math homework. In spelling she had to use her spelling words in at least 6 word sentences and we focused on making them detailed. In math we worked through her math packet on subtraction. We focused on going quickly and not relying on our fingers as much."
"We did the usual today - reading and math (there was no word study). I got the student to pick one out of the three books she brought home to read, and she read for the full 25 minutes. She has gotten better at sounding out long words that she doesn't know. She's also gotten better about asking me for definitions of words that she doesn't know the meaning of. She seems to get pretty invested in the stories she's reading out loud, which is great. The math went smoothly, it was mainly review of adding cents and dollars."