Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we did a timed multiplication test. I chose to do one at a slightly easier level than we have been practicing (still hard, but it did not include 11s or 12s, and did include 0s, 1s, and 2s, which I have not been practicing with Mia because she has them down) and she completed it in around 4.5 minutes, well under the time limit. She was very pleased, and seemed very confident, which was great. I then had her complete the Unit 8 "test yourself" section in the test book, which reviewed computation. She did well, completing the questions quickly, and got only 1 question incorrect. We played "strategic" tic tac toe. This game involves drawing a mini game of tic tac toe in each square of a larger tic tac toe board. The object of the game is to win the larger board, but you need to win each small board in order to draw a circle or x in the larger square. The game requires thinking ahead, and strategy. She seemed to find it challenging. We then played a multiplication-oriented version of "the dot game" which required the solving of a multiplication problem before a square could be filled in. This game also requires strategy. We may play this one again in the future, since it requires her to use two different sets of skills--spatial and computational."
"The student and I continued to work on memorization techniques for expanding his fact base with regards to multiples. He provided worksheets with multiples of fours and sevens, and we worked on those as well as on working on strategies for breaking more difficult multiples into smaller component parts. It was a good session."
"Today the student worked to finish her homework that is due Friday. It covers converting back and forth between mixed numbers and improper fractions which she is very comfortable with. I gave her some practice problems with multiplication and dividing fractions. We also worked on the differences between factors and multiples."
"In today's session the student and I reviewed her homework. She got all her math and reading questions correct. Then we read for 20 minutes from her chapter book. Her fluency skills are very good. Her comprehension skills are also good, and she just needs a little help with her vocabulary, which we will continue to work on. After this we worked on decoding a secret message by solving three-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping."
"We worked on addition to 20 and subtraction from 10. Then we practiced sight words by making sentences using those words and by reading "Are you my mother?" The student is starting to read this book on his own! He is doing great, feeling confident and he should!"
"Student A: We worked on multiplying and dividing integers and graphing ordered pairs. She's doing better with graphing. In addition, I tested her in vocabulary, and helped her answer her social studies worksheet about the French and Indian War, the water cycle, and states of matter. Student B: I worked shortly with him on grammar, particularly when to use commas."