Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The first student seems to have learned the new materials fairly quickly and I just had to review the finer points with him this week. They are working on transformations and there are a few ways these problems can be presented. The most basic is just to graph a transformation based on an image in the x-y plane. He was good at this and improved even more with more practice. There are rules for transforming the (x,y) points based on the type of transformation as well so it is important for him to memorize these and be able to use them seamlessly. The second student is continuing her work with fractions and her homework was on adding and subtracting mixed numbers. She did really well with this so instead of focusing on this, I revisited her latest test. We went over the few questions that she struggled with - particularly with going between fractions and decimals. I think she is finally understanding how critical it is to be able to move among fractions, decimals and percentages."
"The student and I reviewed types of quadrilaterals. He made a study guide with definitions and a picture. We reviewed parallelograms and how the adjacent interior angles are supplementary. We reviewed a worksheet finding the angle measures inside a parallelogram when given one angle measure. He has homework in the blue geometry book."
"The focus for this session was math and writing. In math, we worked on various skills that included elapsed time and conversions in different measurement standards. The student did very well with all of the skills that were introduced to her. In writing, we worked on various prewriting strategies that can be used to come up with ideas for writing. The strategies introduced were the heart map and the life map. She did very well with this. I left reading comprehension and writing practice for her to complete until our next session."
"The student and I reviewed geometric shapes, converting fractions from improper to mixed, basic multiplication facts, and word problems in preparation for the state assessment scheduled after spring break."
"We covered prime factorization. The student had to be shown that an exponent indicates how many times to multiply the base number by itself. The student initially was finding the product of the base number and the exponent. She practiced and was able to understand the concept of exponents. She was eager to learn prime factorization. It was a productive session."
"The student is preparing for the assessment. We reviewed some strategies, like underlining key info, and making sure each step is done thoroughly."