"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."