Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Yesterday, the student was working on decimals and identifying numbers in different places (hundreds vs hundredths, etc.). The homework she had yesterday had a hidden message, so she would notice quickly when she would get problems wrong and was able to fix them, mostly just by reading the question more carefully. Her attitude was good, and she took correction very well."
"We worked on problems that involve time conversions such as years to weeks, quarters to days, and months to weeks. We discussed a strategy for tackling such problems, which included setting up a conversion table where one column has one type of units and the other column has the target conversion."
"The student and I reviewed several concepts in today's session. First, she completed a long division worksheet from school. I noticed she was getting tripped up by the concept of "what a number is divisible by." Thus, I engaged her in activity separating counters into equal groups. We talked about the link between multiplication, multiples of numbers, and division. We created number sentences to reflect each division activity (as multiples and divisors). We also discussed how multiplication and addition are similar in that you are adding to something, whereas division and subtraction are similar as you are taking away (or separating) something from a whole. After the activity, she seemed to have a better handle on what it means for a number to be "divisible by another number." She mentioned her teacher said she needs to revisit her 3s facts. Thus, we finished up the session by building arrays of 3 and with 3s flashcard practice."
"The student and I are working together to raise his grades in Language Arts and Math. Tonight, however, we worked on Science. His homework was watching a video and taking notes about living in space. He then had an online worksheet to complete. He does well. He is getting more cooperative and is trusting me with the work he is doing."
"For our session today we worked on both math and science. The student is starting a unit on the coordinate plane. So we discussed what it is, the quadrants, how to identify when an ordered pair falls in a quadrant or on the axis, and how to write this, as well as how to plot an ordered pair and find an ordered pair on the graph. For science we continued to review her notes for her big science exam next week. I quizzed her regarding her notes and she did a really good job. I could tell that she had been studying on her own which is key to her success on these exams."
"Student A and I went over some proportion word problems in preparation for his quiz tomorrow. He struggled a bit with carefully reading through each question and picking out the relevant information. After distilling the ideas a bit more, he seemed to understand how to do each problem. I think that he might benefit from some better organizational skills. We will continue to work on that. Student B and I finished up his reading packet for this week. He actually wrote very well crafted sentences with minimal spelling errors. Additionally, his handwriting is starting to improve which is nice."