Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had brought another telling time worksheet, because she struggled with that a bit on Monday, and she blazed through it. Then we went in between practicing addition and subtraction facts and doing full problems with three digit numbers. She got a little stuck when she had to borrow across a zero, but we went back to the step she kept skipping, and she got it after a couple tries. We ran into a bit of a wall when I brought out a sheet of word problems, as she had difficulties determining whether to use addition or subtraction to solve a problem. I will bring more of this next week, as it is important she understands the concept behind addition and subtraction as well as how to do them. I moved on to teaching her how to do basic multiplication by making groups of the same number. She grasped the concept immediately, and we ended the session on a positive note because of it. I left her with a 3-minute drill sheet for both addition and subtraction facts, where she times herself for 3 minutes for each sheet to see how many problems she can solve in that time (we are working on speed with our facts). She also has a sheet of 3-digit subtraction problems to finish."
"We went over the integration by parts problems that I had assigned him. We also reviewed the problems that he had done on his own. For the most part, he had a good grasp of the material. We then started on complex numbers and the various operations that are involved. We will continue working on complex numbers on our next few sessions as this a large portion of his exam. He was receptive to learning and engaged during the session."
"I helped the student complete an assignment in his algebra practice book. It involved solving equations. I then used algebra tiles to review operations with integers. I had noticed he had some difficulty adding and subtracting negative numbers when solving equations. I used the small square tiles to show how to find zero pairs when adding positive and negative numbers. He used the tiles to solve simple addition problems of positive and negative numbers. I mentioned the patterns that 2 negatives when added equal a negative and 2 positives when added, equal a positive number. When the signs were different he knew to subtract and take the sign of the largest digit."
"The student has shown a ton of progress on the algebraic concepts and has been getting them correct consistently whenever we review them. In addition, the function machines came to him really easily, and he is able to complete those at a sixth grade level. I decided to start working on a concept that tends to be tough for kids his age--probability. It came very easily to this student, and he was very quick with the concept, so I decided to play a dice game and have him figure out the probability for that."
"Wednesday I was able to work with everyone, starting with Student K on lesson 11. The focus was on solving word problems about combining and separating, which he caught on to pretty quickly. One minor challenge was remembering that standard and metric units of measurement do not combine, so we would not say 1 inch and 2 centimeters, rather 1 inch and 1/2. Students S and B were both reviewing for their upcoming math tests. I helped Student S organize his homework that would be turned in to his teacher and selected random problems to solve from each lesson to be included on the test. He answered even the hard ones with ease. My only note is for him to double check how many tick marks he makes on a number line so that he has an accurate count. I also selected various problems for Student B and she answered them easily. She even finished a lesson that would have been required after the test, so she put herself ahead by a day in math."
"The student had a good session today. She finished her language arts homework which was a reading sheet about inferences and her vocabulary. She finished both, and she should be well prepared for her vocab test tomorrow!"