Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I started out this session as usual, with a times test. The student still needs to work on her threes times tables, but she is familiar enough with them that I moved her on to 5s, giving her the 5s flashcards and the assignment to practice all of her flashcards that I have given her so far. We then reviewed subtraction and addition with multiple digits. She now knows how to do both, but the mistakes she makes are going too fast and not concentrating on what she's supposed to do. Once I remind her, she always knows exactly what to do, so the thing to focus on now is getting her to remember to take each problem slowly, evaluate it before beginning it, and thinking through it carefully. We then moved on to practicing multiple digit multiplication. I used the box method with her again, but in order for the box method to be effective, she needs to master expanded notation and multiplying by multiples of 10. She had not mastered either of these, so we spent most of the time working on those two skills in order to be able to use them in the box method for multiple digit multiplication."
"The student filled out a multiplication table through the number 12. If she can get more comfortable with this, it will make everything else easier and quicker. After that I made up a bunch of practice problems involving a lot of the concepts suggested to me by the student's teacher. Some of these included adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions, converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions, and switching back and forth from fractions to decimals. After our few sessions, I already see a bit if improvement in some of these areas. I will try to get in touch with the student's teacher to see what I should work on with her next."
"We played a matching game where she had to match math expressions. We also did some work on converting between fractions and decimals. This was brand new for the student, but she eventually got the concept pretty well. We ended with some multiplication practice."
"We reviewed the result of a class quiz. Worked the two problems that the student missed on the quiz. He understands the material. We then started to review three chapters for preparation for his upcoming exam."
"I brought a challenging volume problem for the students to work on together. This was an investigative problem that was designed as an engaging challenge for them."
"I guided the student in reading and understanding the chapter in her textbook on polygons and making notes. Then she completed exercises 1 through 15. She had a positive attitude towards the material covered, and expressed understanding."