Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went through the subject she is working on in her math class this week, which is volume. This is review for her, so she found it easy and a little boring. We reviewed her homework together (she needed very little help), and also did a timed multiplication test, which she did well on, and found a little too easy. I wrote a few "harder" multi-step volume problems that she found difficult (e.g., a box is half full, find the volume of the empty part of the box) and she found it particularly troublesome when the problem required her to utilize skills from another unit (finding the length of a side when that length was a prime number) and when she was required to work backward. Next time I will be bringing more problems that require her to work in multiple steps and focus on "working backward." I will also be bringing a tape measure so we can find the volume of real things in the room. We may also make a multiplication chart to see some of the relationships between different problems. I will bring manipulatives to help demonstrate some multiplication tricks as well. We will do some review for her test, but I am not concerned about her success this week since she finds the subject very easy."
"During today's session, I helped the student study for the exam he has tomorrow on the Southern Eastern states and their capitals."
"Today, we played money identification games and problem solving games. We worked on reading and writing, both in English and in Spanish."
"We covered the student's vocabulary words and some inequalities in math. He struggled a little bit with comparing decimals to fractions. I know he can do it; he was just working too fast to do as well as he is capable. We will continue to work on this. He was excited about the work as always. I had him rethink decimals and fractions when he got them confused. I just had him convert one and eventually he figured it out. I think he'll do well once we get deeper into the work."
"I worked with the student today on crafting a strong conclusion for essays by using different strategies. This evening we did some practice work using the strategies that were taught. We will continue to work on strengthening his writing abilities in this area. I left him with practice work to do this evening as homework."
"The student and I spent some more time working on graphing linear equations. I taught her about point-slope format, and how she can read the appearance of the graph off equations of the appropriate form. We also reviewed solving systems of equations, and decimal multiplication and division, which we discovered she had grown rusty on. Finally, we worked on an extra credit word problem that she had. For homework, I wrote her a few equations to graph using her knowledge of point-slope format, and a few arithmetic problems with decimals in them to help her review."