Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session with the student went well! We continued working on dividing fractions. He is doing an excellent job at remembering the steps when dividing fractions. He's also able to identify an improper and a mix fraction while explaining the steps to changing an improper fraction to a mixed fraction. We also worked on dividing fractions with a whole number. Towards the end of our session, we worked with multiplication flash cards. Before I left, I asked him to show me his current school work in math. He showed me a worksheet on measuring angles. The worksheet had the words "Do Over" written by his teacher. So, I explained to him how to find the missing measurement to an angle when one of the measurements is given. He told me that he had a better understanding of how to find the missing measurement of an angle. His homework was to complete the "Do Over" assignment."
"We started with subtraction flashcards as a warmup, and then worked out of the math workbook on word problems that required subtraction and drawing graphs. The student did well. We also went over counting by 2's and 4's, and adding 10 and 9 to a number. For reading, I brought a reading comprehension worksheet that had a few paragraphs about spider webs. She read the paragraphs and then answered the questions. I'm trying to help her focus on what she reads so she can answer the questions without having to go back and re-read the content. I will bring more worksheets like this for our next session, since she finished her reading workbook. I assigned the last two questions for homework, and these require her to think more critically and write her answers in complete sentences."
"We went over different strategies and types of problems for solving ratios. These were supposedly on a quiz that she had today before our session, so I am not sure how well the quiz went. I think she understood a lot more after we went over the problems. For each type of strategy, we reviewed an example, worked a problem together, and then she tried a problem independently. Because of the complexity of these strategies, there were many prerequisite skills that we needed to review, such as labeling and scaling graphs on a coordinate plane. I will print some practice problems so that she can practice more before the next unit test. She made great progress today, and I think after more practice she will have a comprehensive understanding of the topic."
"We went over his homework again, which consisted mostly of setting up story problems. He understands what a variable is, as well as how coefficients function with them mathematically, but he has a very hard time translating any of those mathematical functions into real world scenarios. We spent a very long time trying to set up story problems into an equation. He also needs practice when it comes to working with multiple variables within an equation. Other than remembering definitions of terms, he didn't seem to have a problem with much else."
"We went over how to solve an equation for a variable. The student knew how to do the problems but struggled a little with negative signs and fractions. We did some sample problems in the book and she had a better understanding after a couple problems. We'll do a problem or two during the next session before starting new material. Overall, great first session!"
"We went over the problems on the student's test that he had trouble with. Most of his trouble seemed to come from time constraints. Then we looked at the new vocabulary for his next section, which is statistical reasoning."