Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with the student on his math worksheets today. He did a very good job of focusing today. He was able to get a lot of work done. He finished around three complete worksheets within the span of an hour."
"Today we started with the flashcard app. He was engaged and went through the addition quickly. I suggested that he practice with flashcards every day for at least 2 minutes. He doesn't know his addition facts and has to count on his fingers or write lines on a paper to get the answer. We worked on writing addition problems for arrays. This is the beginning of multiplication for him. He did very well. We then had time to read a passage that was to persuade. He read the passage then had to underline the parts in the passage that were persuasive."
"For our last session, the student and I did the largest, most difficult logic grid puzzle he's taken on so far - a 5x5x5x5 puzzle. Though it took most of the session, he handled the expanded grid remarkably well - as always, it only takes the occasional gentle nudge in the right direction to get him going. Throughout, we took a few breaks to work on math - mental addition and subtraction, of course, but also some skip counting and basic multiplication. At the end of the session, we read a short passage from a book and discussed together. I had a great time working with the student and wish him all the best going forward!"
"Yesterday, the student and I started by reviewing his math homework, which included front-end estimation, rounding, and aligned addition. We then worked on turning the outline from last week's session into a paragraph and reviewed his science homework, which included making observations, inferences, and predictions. We ended the session with a times table review using flash cards. He is a great student, asking clarifying questions when he doesn't understand something; and he is honest about what he understands and what isn't helpful. Next week I would like to continue reviewing his times tables, as this is always a needed skill and he hesitated with some of the numbers."
"Today the student and I started by making a "bucket list" for the school year of things she'd like to accomplish this year, both academic and non-academic. Then we talked about magazine articles, read some examples together, and worked on her own short article. We practiced interviewing skills and organizing an article. We wrapped up with drawing portraits to go with her "profile" article she wrote, and a game to practice order of operations. She is great at sharing her perspective during a conversation and making personal connections to the material."
"We began our session with some reading. Since the student had read two chapters of her book independently since our previous session, she provided me with a recap of the parts she read. I followed along by skimming the chapters to ensure accuracy, and her recollection was on target. We then read the next chapter and stopped periodically to discuss the text and make predictions. Her reading fluency and expression has improved significantly since we began our sessions, and I believe that it is mostly due to her growing interest in reading. In the second hour, we worked on multiplication and division. After reviewing the 1-12 times tables with some flash cards, we practiced some 3-by-1 digit division. Since this was our first time practicing division together, we practiced the first problem together so I could provide her with instruction. She then took off on her own, and was about to use her knowledge of the times tables to find the correct answers."