Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished up with our last session. We reviewed for an upcoming science test and she worked on her math project. She did very well."
"The student and I began with the activities I had planned for the day. First, we worked on multiple step word problems in the form of tic-tac-toe. In order to place an "x" or "o" on the game board, the student or I had to solve a word problem and communicate our thinking aloud. We played one game of tic-tac-toe with nine multiple step word problems. He enjoyed playing tic-tac-toe. He wanted to play the game again, but I did not have any additional problems. He came up with the idea to create our own multiple step problems. I thought that was a good idea. I gave him the choice to either create our word problems and play our tic-tac-toe game first or do our second activity I had planned first. He chose to do our second activity first. The second activity I had planned was a matching "go-fish" type game for percentages, decimals, and fractions. In order to complete a set, we had to have four cards with equivalent values-- 2 fractions, 1 decimal, and 1 percentage. The game was a constant game of converting. The student really enjoyed the game, while the game was strengthening his fraction skills. Finally, the student and I returned to the multiple step problem tic tac toe. He created three problems, and I created six problems. Together, we solved nine problems."
"First, we went over multiplying larger numbers with two places each. We practiced estimating with rounding to see if the answer was right. The student did well, both in the estimation and in the multiplication. Then, we did some graphing problems, with imaginary experiments. The experiments all had to do with the amount of pennies in a jar. We had a starting amount, and then an amount added each "round." Afterwards, we graphed the results, and talked about what it meant when the lines crossed, and what it meant when one line was above another. The student then wrote a summary of a short reading."
"We worked on reviewing vocabulary lessons in preparation for his final next week - he is doing a great job but needs some more practice with older word lists - I have given the student a website to help him study. We also previewed some fifth grade math and reading skills via the questions provided from the online tutoring program."
"The student started today with some math homework. I was proud of him because it all seemed pretty easy for him. Even when we got to the fractions section, which he has struggled with in the past, he seemed to breeze through it pretty well. He is understanding the concept of a fraction being part of a whole, and I think that's exactly where he should be. We next worked on his reading comprehension and he read very well. And he was able to retain all the information when it came to the questions. It was great. At the end of the session he also asked me if I could go to the library and bring him some more challenging books for the next session. This made me feel really good as this is so much progress that he has made since we started. Well done!"
"The student's new material involved subtracting mixed numbers. We studied two methods of doing so: converting them into improper fractions or changing the fractional parts of the mixed numbers by borrowing from the whole number."