Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I spent the whole hour going over two sets of word problems with both students. We went over each problem together, which was a set of mixed word problems for the third grade level, with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Since we were doing it out loud and together, the first student would say the answer out loud first, but I sensed that the second student was still a little confused. I took the time to explain it to him and he said he understood. I assigned them a sheet of multiplication and division problems. They are doing excellent with long division and remainders and are able to solve them without my guidance. The word problems is where they need the extra guidance. The third student is doing excellent with her multiplication tables, and recited her 2's to 5's today. The only set she has a little problem with is the 4's, especially when the numbers get larger, but is still reciting them much faster and much more correctly. We also went over a little more advanced word problems that included simple multiplication, as well as decimals, counting coins and money, dollar and cents addition, as well as addition with time and the clock. She really enjoyed the last part with telling time and the clock and was enjoying the word problems, but still needed that extra push and guidance to be able to solve the problem. For those problems, I had her draw a clock and draw where the short and long hand would be for each answer. I assigned her a sheet of word problems similar to what we went over today, as well as to learn her 6 tables."
"We worked on reviewing the steps on how to convert into a mixed number. She was able to do it correctly by the end of the session. The student and I made a plan that she will work on multiplication using flashcards this week."
"The student is starting school on Monday, so we continued to prep him for the coming school year. His times tables are a little slow, so we worked on some quick multiplication facts."
"We continued working on division word problems (3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers). He has the most difficulty when the result has a remainder. He is able to find the remainder, but in the context of the word problem sometimes doesn't know what to do with that information. He was catching on, though, as we practiced."
"Today, the student and I discussed his progress on his summer reading assignments, and he practiced his fluency by reading aloud from the novel, The Witches. We stopped at particular intervals while he read, and I checked his fluency by asking him simple comprehension questions and then more complex analysis questions that asked him to evaluate characters and plot points. Before he starts school in a few weeks, he is going to retake his 5th grade Math final exam to make sure that he is retaining the concepts that we have reviewed this summer. He took a practice test today and did well on patterns and simple algebraic evaluation and expressions. Based on the results from the practice exam today, our focus during our next session will be continuing to review operations (addition/ subtraction/ multiplication/ division) with fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers."
"We started at chapter one in an algebra 2 book she provided and went through the first five sections. Her mom wants her to work ahead before the school year starts. Most of it was review. The student was easy to work with and stopped me when she didn't get didn't get something."