Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed his math and geography homework together. I reviewed his problem set with him and helped him check his work. After that, he was required to fill in a map of the world by labeling continents, oceans, and important areas and markings, such as the Equator and the Prime Meridian. I suspect that eventually he will be tested on this, so in future sessions I will review these with him. He was very focused while doing his homework. We did some multiplication table flashcards. We also did some reading comprehension that he was working on in class."
"Today we covered different uses of apostrophes. We began with possessive nouns and showing ownership with the use of apostrophes, then we moved on to contractions. We did a few exercises that required the student to fill in the missing apostrophes and cross out words showing improper use of the apostrophe. The student struggled a little bit with the work book pages. The student has no problem with the use of the apostrophe. We then moved on to Social studies and labeled all of the continents and the major oceans. We spent the majority of our session focused on science, as he was very interested in some astronomical topics. We read about the universe and the different types of galaxies, the composition of the universe, and the big bang theory. He then did the review questions on the topics he had read about. I then showed him a video which shows the engineering feat behind the landing of "Curiosity" on Mars. We learned why the sky is blue, the distance of a light year (which was a great opportunity to introduce scientific notation to him), and we talked a little bit about stars, super novas, and the creation of black holes. I think because we had a range of topics, he was much more engaged than some of our previous sessions."
"Went over how to write a paragraph, reviewed greater than and less than, and worked on cardinal directions."
"Today the student had Math homework which covered the concept of rounding and the concept of multiplying decimals by 2-digit whole numbers. He was able to complete the lesson of 40 problems on rounding to the nearest tenth, hundredth, and thousandth with little guidance. A second lesson followed with 30 problems of the same concept; which he was able to complete on his own. The next lesson covered the second concept. I had to review the skills involved in multiplying decimals by 2-digit whole numbers. He responded quickly and was able to complete the lesson of 24 problems on his own."
"We worked on the strategy of inference, talked about what it is, practiced using it in readings, and what it looks like in reading passages. We also worked on writing and fluency."
"We reviewed the student's science homework: I quizzed him on the science vocabulary, wrote sentences using the vocabulary, and wrote a paragraph using the vocabulary."