Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on subtracting fractions from whole numbers. He also completed word problems that required him to add and subtract fractions. We finished by giving him a writing assignment for our next session, with the prompt: "What are you thankful for?""
"The student's accuracy in multiplying is very good. We are now focusing on speed. I brought a CD with facts set to music at different paces. I left the CD with him."
"The student's class is still working on fractions, but with addition and subtraction. Since that involves finding a common denominator, we did a review of divisibility rules first. She had trouble remembering the rules for 3 and 9, so we spend extra time practicing those. After she felt more confident with the divisibility rules, we then went over operations with fractions. She does great with multiplication and division, though sometimes she forgets to check for cross cancelling possibilities. As for addition and subtraction, she did fine, as the extra practice with least common multiple and divisibility rules helped to find the common denominators a bit easier. We wrapped up the session by going over the rules of fractions (for example, when dividing you invert the second fraction and multiply), and will work more with fractions next week."
"The student's teacher had said that she should try to do more of the challenge assignments, so after I was sure she could do her homework by herself, she pulled out two challenges for us to work on. She did a little bit on the first place value one and then worked a long time with the math one, which really stretched her brain. She then taught me the base four game that they had been playing in class, which was really great."
"The students worked on recognizing patterns on individual 100's charts. They each were able to originate patterns on the empty squares on the back of the hundreds charts. We switched off then, with Student 1 reading to me and Student 2 putting puzzles together."
"This morning, the student and I worked on summarizing a literary text and answering questions about the reading. She did well on summarizing and is doing well on the multiple-choice questions. We talked specifically about how you need to make sure you start the summary with the main idea or lesson of the text. She also worked on two digit by two digit multiplication using the area model and the traditional algorithm in word problems with and without extra information. She is getting really good at deciphering word problems. We cleared up a few misconceptions about the traditional algorithm. I introduced her to three-digit multiplication at the end of our lesson."