Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered some pre-algebra. With both girls we worked on simplifying expressions and substitution worksheets."
"**BOTH CHILDREN MET AT THE SAME TIME** Student 1's notes: We covered a baseline assessment to gauge her mathematics levels according to US standards. It assessed her fluency with multiplication, division, addition and subtraction of 4 digit numbers, place value, and her ability to translate word problems into number sentences and solve, and various standards at the 3rd grade level. Her instruction at her grade level in Russia is between 1 - 2 grades above the US 3rd grade level standards. We discussed the topics that she practiced in Russia. Student 1 is very advanced although occasionally makes mistakes because she rushes through assignments to get them done quickly. Today was an introductory and assessment session because of the difference in curriculum and she will continue to practice in her book she brought from her home country. I also completed a comprehension assessment of Student 1's reading skills based on the 3rd grade level standards. Student 1's fluency and comprehension and English surpasses those of the US 3rd grade level standards. Therefore, I will adjust her curriculum to focus on standards that are taught at the 4th and 5th grade level in the US. She rushes through reading and mispronounces words that she would otherwise get correct if she would take her time. We will focus on taking her time in completing both math and reading exercises. An additional area of focus will be on writing and her ability to communicate in clear, well- structured sentences. She will continue to practice using her books from her home country.------------*Student 2's Notes: In this session we reviewed sight words and tested her fluency with reading them. Student 2 was able to read the first set of words in a little over one minute. We did a reading comprehension check with a reading book at a 1st grade level, but that will be adjusted to reflect her abilities which is more in line with 2nd grade according to US Standards. Student 2 does need to continue practicing fluency and mastering phonics and phonemic awareness. She struggled with soft c, long vowel sounds, and vowel pairings, which we will continue to work on. We also worked on breaking compound words into manageable words that could be sounded out. Her critical thinking and inference skills will be an area of focus as her comprehension is at a basic retelling stage. Student 2 is less fluent in English, and we went over basic vocabulary words that we came across in the reading assessment. She will practice her sight words and work on being able to read the entire page in under one minute. We covered number fluency, mental math, basic addition and subtraction facts, fact families, measurement, shapes, and word problems. Student 2 struggled with understanding what some of the problems were asking, but once clarified, was able to complete the math concepts with little problems. She also struggled with identifying shapes and knowing the difference between 2D and 3D geometric figures, which we will continue to review. Increasing her fluency in English will assist her greatly in math."
"Today, we covered fractions, mainly halves, quarters, and thirds. We then moved onto addition of numbers up to a total of 20. We also practiced with even and odd numbers"
"The student and I discussed order of operations, PEMDAS. We also talked about equivalent ratios and how to get common denominators for fractions before adding or subtracting them. He has notes on how to perform these operations so that he can do the problems in his packet."
"Today, the student and I covered a lot of concepts for her homework that is due this coming Sunday, including inverse functions, compound interest, logarithmic functions, exponential functions, and natural logarithmic functions. She had the most trouble with log functions and natural log functions, but was able to pick up on inverse functions and compound interest pretty quickly. Next time, we will continue to work on her homework that is due this Sunday, as well as prepare for her upcoming exam."
"I covered instructions on answering questions about a sports themed bar graph. Also, I covered two different algebraic formulas given based on the distance a skier jumped in the Olympics and points received. The student struggled most the algebraic formulas used to determine points. He had a good attitude about the work. I reminded him several times to break down each question into steps so as not to get mixed up with numbers and break down each question into steps. I left him with three practice sheets (one multiplication, and two number pattern worksheets). In the beginning he was pretty unclear with this method of solving numbers. After reviewing three problems, he completed the last 5 out of 6 independently."