Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the student's homework for the week, including grammar, math, and her class blog. For the rest of the session we read through a level O book that her teacher gave to her over the week. She is becoming more comfortable with her reading comprehension but she needs consistent practice throughout to week to catch up to her needed level. Overall it was a good session."
"Tonight the student and I went over her math test from last week and reworked all of missed problems. I made up problems similar to the ones she missed until she seemed to master the skill. She seems to work well with word pictures (ex: for improper fractions, the denominator is too weak to carry the big heavy numerator so he must divide to get it off). We also scanned her next chapter, and she seemed very comfortable with the concepts. We read her assigned reading chapter for reading class. I also talked to the student about reviewing her test, going over each answer, before turning it in."
"Today we started off by going through the student's math test from last week. She did quite well! I'm confident she has mastered the skills from that unit. Again, we will continue working on showing work and checking accuracy. We then worked on a new concept for 6.1: arrays. We did a few word problems and then moved on to studying for her religion test that is later this week. We particularly talked about the four kinds of prayer mentioned in her text and what they mean. We had a little extra time, so the student showed me her blue prints for her invention. How cool!"
"The student and I worked on math, reading, and word study. In math we worked on adding and subtracting multiples of ten, which she is mastering well. We read from "Geronimo Stilton," and focused on her recall abilities of information she has previously read. Before she starting reading, I asked her to tell me the story so far. She was also eager to provide details about all the various characters in the story and their relationships to the main character. For writing, we focused on spelling -- she is doing well with the strategy of sounding out words, but she is occasionally tripped up by words with silent letters (would, could)."
"We began our session by completing the two-sided math worksheet on estimating. I taught the student some helpful principles relating to estimating/rounding, as in, when to round up versus when to round down, and provided them in a helpful document that she could reference in the future. We then continued with the practice of the phonics rules as was done on Monday, identifying three examples for each of twelve additional phonics rules. After having identified 3+ examples for all 32 of the phonics rules I had the student work on, I quizzed her on which rule applied to various words called out."
"With the student, I covered thinking maps to organize our thinking. Our writing prompt is on her favorite day of the week. As we do our brainstorm map to brainstorm our ideas, we transfer that information into our tree map to group and classify the information. For our next session, we will be ready to start with the opening sentence and title for our small writing composition, getting ready to start persuasive writing."