Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student wanted me to go over his math test and two science tests (got ~ 60% on each) to figure out where the problem is. I wrote down the 10 math problems he had missed on a separate sheet of paper and had him redo the problems. After each problem, he looked at what he had done on the test and identified where his error was. At the end of the session, he explained to his mom that 5 of the problems were due to having a problem with decimals (in multiplying and dividing), and 3 other problems were due to being rushed - he added instead of multiplying the number. The other two were from not knowing how to estimate with decimals and not understanding exponents like 10^2. We worked on the extra credit problem for which he had just guessed a random answer. In discussing the science tests, one was due to not remembering the information for the test, and one he stated was due to not having time to read the article before answering the questions. These issues were also discussed with his mom. We then worked on comparing fractions with the same denominator and simplifying fractions to the lowest terms. He needs a lot more practice with the latter, and it became evident how much his difficulty with basic multiplication is causing him as seen in him not identifying that 27/45, 72/90, and 21/28 could be simplified. I discussed this issue with his mom and related it as a potential contributing factor to his challenges on timed math tests. To address this, I left him with another 1 minute multiplication and 1 minute division skills sheets to do before our next session."
"I worked with student A for 1.5 hours on her social studies project and on multiplication. Although it is a little slow, she is making improvement on memorizing her multiplication table. I also worked with student B for 30 minutes on reading and recognizing letters and associating letters and their sounds. She can recognize all the letters fairly consistently now (with an occasional mixup between lowercase 'i' and 'l') and is making progress with associating the letters with their correct sounds."
"We reviewed the student's homework assignment that was a review from the last semester. It consist of rounding, multiplication, finding the area of squares and division."
"We went over a test that the student recently took that his teacher forwarded to me. He struggled with this test so we reviewed all of it. Some of the concepts included least common multiple, greatest common factor, less than /greater than inequalities, converting decimals fractions and percentages back and forth, and simple equations. He needs extra work on the LCM, but overall did ok when we analyzed the other concepts. His attitude is great and I believe that he is progressing towards understanding these concepts."
"Today we studied for the student's upcoming test on Tuesday. We covered simple probability including certain, likely, unlikely, and impossible. She did a great job with probability! We also reviewed how to find the area of triangles and rectangles, which she did well on too. To end the session, we had her measure rectangles and triangles as this will be on the test too."
"The student worked on some of her homework papers for a quiz that she has tomorrow. She started the session being very nervous and unsure of how to add mixed numbers. Her biggest problem area was in making sure that her answers were not improper fractions. We worked on a strategy for changing the answers into mixed numbers that worked very well for her. She said that she felt very confident for her quiz and I left her with some practice problems to review later in preparation."