Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Good news with the student - he's gotten his grades up. His goal at the beginning of the semester was to end with As and Bs only and it looks like he has a shot. I encouraged him to push hard in this last week and do well on his final assessments. He seems motivated to do so. As we wrap up our time together I'm feeling good about what he and I were able to accomplish these past few months. When we started out, he was working below his potential in Math, and his organization was poor, so he was missing quite a few assignments. At this point, I think he understands the importance of changing his approach to school and taking more ownership than he has in the past. I wish him all the best as he moves on to 8th grade and beyond."
"During our session, the student and I went over how to do 1 digit by 2-3 digit multiplication. We started by reviewing a few homework assignments that she had already received a grade on in order to see where she went wrong. We then moved on to more worksheets and practice problems on how to do 1 digit by 2-3 digit multiplication on its own and also in word problems. We discussed the different methods (standard algorithm, expanded algorithm, area models) and why each of them would be useful. She was about to have a test on multiplication in her math class, so I wanted to ensure she could do each type of multiplication. We did a few more brain teaser problems to see how she could interpret information given to her in a word problem, and she did very well with those. We ended just by reviewing basic multiplication facts so that she would be prepared to use them for her upcoming test."
"Covered solving equations using the distributive property, variables on both sides, and literal equations. Also covered interpreting tables. Next scheduled meeting, June 7."
"We worked on finding equivalent fractions, which he had difficulty with last week. Then I had him do some algebraic thinking with seesaw balances with one side missing."
"The student and I focused on reading tonight. We started the next passage in her textbook, but were only able to make it a few pages in. We focused on stopping every few paragraphs to check for comprehension and vocabulary. With some hints and clues, she was able to follow along the series of events in the story. She also picked up well on the vocabulary. She needed help with some pronunciation. We started separating words into syllables, but I would recommend creating flashcards for her to practice this when I am not there. I would like to bring a book to our next visit so that we can read one continuous text and work on the vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension specific to the text. I think that will be more effective than switching texts each week and never completing any."
"Today the student mostly worked on her homework. I checked the parts she had already completed and had her correct any errors. Then she worked the parts she had not yet done. For the last 5 minutes we worked on a few math problems from one of my math exercise books."