Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed her math homework which was more money and time. She is doing well with time but still struggling a bit with money because the addition still isn't really clicking. I decided to take a different tact with her to try to get her out of the habit of counting on her fingers. I brought 4 different colors of poker chips with me so that I could lay out a visual representation of the math problems and allow her to use manipulatives to work on the math. This seemed to work pretty well. After finishing math, we reviewed her reading homework."
"Today our main focus was converting fractions to decimals. I showed the student 3 different methods to use when converting fractions to decimals. Next, I gave a worksheet that allowed her to practice the techniques she learned. She struggled a bit on some of the problems, so we worked through them together. After clarifying a few points I felt she understood how to use the 3 different methods. Next we discussed and identified keywords that are commonly seen in word problems. I quizzed her on different key word associations and she did a good job. I taught her the CUBE method to use when working with word problems. I also explained how this method would help her narrow down the specific information needed to answer the word problem correctly. Lastly, I assigned her some word problems with decimals and fractions. She answered some of the problems correctly. We will review the ones she did not answer correctly at the next session. I left her with a worksheet to practice fraction conversions and instructed her to study the keywords and cube method for word problems."
"The student and I worked on divisions with fractions. He has learned all operations with fractions now and I will assess his retained knowledge with a test on Thursday."
"Today we reviewed rules then went through the topic. First we talked about money and how many coins would equal a dollar and compared that to a pie graph. I used plenty of visuals for the student to associate the rules with. We also went through number sequences and I asked her to put them in order. She had difficulty with the 6 digits all between 1 and 10. I picked three numbers and had her create a number line and put the numbers in the order of the number line. I do not know if she completely grasped that concept, but we will assess it next time. We are also breaking away from using the triangles every time she adds 2 or more numbers. She will add by two's and have a template at the top to point out while counting. It will help her think more about the numbers themselves."
"I had the student finish his homework during the session. Based on how he did on the homework, I find that solving algebraic equations is no problem for him. But remembering how to subtract or add fractions was the harder thing for him. Once he remembers how to add and subtract fractions, he's able to do the fraction problems in a snap! During the middle of the session, I had him do a practice SSAT test online. This time, the practice test consisted of 30 math questions so I gave him 30 minutes to do the test. He finished in 22 minutes. After looking through the test, he got an 85% on it. We looked at the questions he missed or got wrong. Based on what he got wrong, he tends to go too fast when doing the problems. That is, if he put more thought on the problems he got wrong, he would have gotten them right."
"We practiced sight words and numbers 11-14 using flashcards. We also practiced seeing, saying, and spelling the words "pin, bin, tin, grin and chin." The student did a great job with this."