Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the word problems I had assigned for homework, and these covered addition and subtraction. We started a new section in the math workbook, and I assigned several problems for homework. I also did some verbal exercises with the student and had her add up numbers in her head to help her get used to working with numbers mentally. For reading, we worked from the reading skills workbook, and she completed a few paragraphs where she had to draw conclusions. We began the next section, on "inferences", and I explained what it means to make an inference from something you've read."
"We went over three subjects today, and for the majority of the period we covered his math homework. It was on perimeter and area, as well as other topics that he's already covered. He has mastery over the subject! For a brief part of the session we covered Spanish and science. In Spanish we went over particles and other vocabulary words, and we did online exercises for his class. In science we made the larger frame of his 2.2 outline on the parts of a biological cell."
"We were working with order of operations, as well as strings of addition/subtraction (more than 2 terms). We looked into trying to solve the problems at a faster pace; working for speed rather than accuracy. The student had about an 80% success rate in answering problems with around 15 seconds per problem done."
"We worked on a Ratio Project that's due Monday. We talked about how equivalent ratios can be viewed as equivalent fractions. She knows how to reduce and simplify fractions using a common factor. Sometimes, it will take her two steps to reduce because she is not using the greatest common factor, GCF. We talked about this. In these cases though, she is getting the correct answer. Online, she finished two sheets and part of a third. The sheet she needs to finish is on converting measurements. She may have to look up some conversion factors while completing the sheet. Using the conversion factor, one way to solve these is to make equal ratios (equivalent fractions) with one unknown. This is a new skill for her, and it may take some practice before complete mastery. Also, this is a pre-algebraic skill and will come up again in algebra. I'm proud of how much she accomplished today and of how well she did with these unfamiliar concepts."
"We worked on the student's homework, which consisted of 3 and 4 digit multiplication. He rounded the two numbers first, and the product of the rounded numbers was used as a gauge to check the probability of the product when the numbers were not rounded. He had a great attitude and worked diligently to solve the problems. We used strategies to solve the multiplication of numbers, such as finding '9' products on two hands and 4 x 8 is simply 4 more than 4 x 7. Also, I showed him how to use '10 buddies' to add quicker and easier, as well as starting with the larger number and counting up from there (such as with 7 + 2, start with 7 and count up 2). I gave him tips and reminded him of the strategies we used as he had four more problems to complete at home."
"We're moving at a great pace now! We got through 2 and half chapters in today's session. The student mentioned an interest in real estate, so we've continued to discuss what her ultimate goals are to give her a more defined plan of attack."