Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student did a simple timed multiplication test to start off because both her father and I felt she needed some work on the basics when we spoke previously. She completed the test perfectly in only a few minutes, which is good since it was below her skill level (it focused on the 3's times tables from 0-12), but I wasn't sure how she would respond to being timed and I wanted her to come away from the experience feeling confident/positive, which she seemed to do. I plan to bring a more difficult one next week to help gauge her level of comfort with larger numbers. We went through her homework together, and she found the simple, 1-step problems very easy. When we encountered a few more difficult, multi-step problems that required her to creatively use her perimeter/area/volume skills, she became confused and quickly distressed about what we were trying to do. I ended up walking her through a number of similar problems to the one that was on her assignment until she seemed to have a better understanding of the process, including doing a version of the problem using the tiles in the room to demonstrate. I know that she has a test tomorrow, and I didn't feel wholly confident about her preparedness for it after we had done the work, so I kept her longer to do a mini-quiz (4 problems) in which I didn't help her find the answers. She did them all correctly. We talked a little over the units of measure for perimeter (feet) area (square feet) and volume (cubic feet), and when I brought her back to her after school program we had gone about 20 minutes over time. She's also clearly applying herself in tutoring, and I feel very optimistic about the progress we can make moving forward. I plan to continue to focus on basic concepts and skills practice moving forward, as well as working on the weekly units that she is doing in class. I plan to also focus on some testing strategies next week, like underlining the question that is being asked, and practicing checking her answers for accuracy. I hope this will help eliminate some of the mistakes that she is making due to rushing."
"We went over the chapter on bar graphs, etc. And we start a new chapter today on areas of shapes, etc."
"During today's session, I helped the student with his homework assignment. The student wrote a paragraph on a given prompt and made sure to write clearly."
"The student and I covered area of a rectangle, as well as multiplication of fractions. She needed help when having to simplify fractions, specifically when dividing a large (three or more digits) numerator by a small (one or two digit) denominator. Her mother was provided with an electronic multiplication grid 1-12 for the student to practice."
"Tonight, we read for twenty minutes. We then put into chronological order the events that happened in the book. He did an excellent job as always."
"Tonight we went over word problems where we had to subtract mixed numbers or multiply mixed numbers. The student did really well with both (only making a few mistakes). She has made a ton of improvement since I started working with her."