Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"All of the children are still reviewing math concepts they area familiar with. I worked with Student S on lesson 7, which he completed with ease. Student K and I covered lesson 6 and part of lesson 7, which we agreed to complete on Wednesday. Student B was a bit behind on her math work because her book arrived later than the others. So we completed lesson 4 together, and agreed that she would continue with lesson 5 on her own and we would pick catch up on the subsequent lessons on Wednesday."
"The student and I had a good session today working on her math. She remembered how to tell time from our last session -- which her mom reports that she's been struggling with for a long time. We worked through several pages of her math workbook; she generally does a good job with these problems, and struggles the most to understand digits (e.g. 28,634 means 20,000 + 8,000 + 600 + 30 + 4). This feels like a small problem -- but it could prove a challenge as she works on more multiplication and division (it's important that she put things in the right places). We took a brief break from math to read a story and answer questions (the story, from her book, was a bit too easy - she answered questions easily). Then we turned back to division flashcards. Division has gotten more challenging (since we haven't reviewed it for a few weeks). She knows how to do the problems, but she was NOT feeling confident today. I emphasized throughout how she has the power to exceed her own expectations -- and how she can solve problems that at first seem impossible. She hasn't fully internalized this message, but she definitely responds to it. For next week: 1) more practice on division and digits and 2) more confidence building will be very helpful."
"Yesterday we went in depth on the upcoming section for her math studies class. A lot of the material was also relevant for the SAT and the ACT so I wanted to make sure that she really grasped it. It seemed to be mostly a review for her so I picked out some more difficult problems and worded things differently to make sure that she truly understood everything and didn't get mixed up when things were presented in a different way. Overall she did very well."
"The student had some difficulty with the more advanced vector problems I had assigned him and to make sure that he fundamentally understands the topic we went back to reviewing basic vector operations. With this more thorough approach, he had a much better understanding of the material. I assigned him a practice problem set to complete before our next session on Friday."
"We figured out algebra problems and how to solve each different set of problems; we also figured out different formulas and worked on the homework."
"The student and I started by discussing his most recent exam. He scored a 71%; he was surprised by his score and thought he would have gotten at least a B. He didn't have his test, only his grade. We went back to systems of equations; he was able to explain the concept. He was able to do well with the first few questions. I showed him a new method (adding equations) and this seemed to be much easier for him. He also understands that some systems are easier to solve using one method over another. He struggled a little bit, but overall showed improvement."