Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had homework in both subjects. Math- She did her computation and word problems with the different factors of 10. I let her write the problems on my dry erase board so she could enjoy doing the work. That made her happy. She got all the problems correct, including the number sentences. Reading- She had to write two sentences with two of her spelling words. I supervised that. She had no trouble thinking of good sentences. She also had to read some stories from her school reader. To make it more enjoyable, I let her read one line on each page, and I read the other one. I also let her choose which line she wanted to read. That helped her to do the reading better, because she said that she gets tired with a lot of reading."
"The student had some homework that she wanted me to look over involving checking answers to see if they are reasonable using estimation. She had made a few mistakes by switching around the operations, and we practiced the correct order. We then worked on the four quadrant coordinate plane and translations over the cardinal directions"
"The student has been working on addition and subtraction of large numbers. To start, we did a review of the multiplication facts and transferred that to a division game; it is a good way to practice the multiplication facts and really get them memorized. He then practiced his addition and subtraction skills in a game as well. "
"The student is working on writing decimals in standard form, expanded form and model form. She had more difficulty understanding it when a whole number was involved, such as 1.42. We went over several examples until she felt more comfortable with this. We then worked ahead on her next school topic which is writing decimals as fractions and fractions as decimals from the particular model representing the number. Again, when a whole number was involved, she had more difficulty. We then practiced division and the division algorithm as well as what division means (equal groups). We wrote answers as mixed numbers and as a remainder. She worked happily and heartily today. She is such a joy to work with."
"The student let me know that her class was working on long division and order of operations. We focused on order of operations. We discussed the PEMDAS method: parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. We assigned them most powerful to least powerful in a chart, and talked about how we were going to use every one except exponents. We then practiced with some very complicated problems."
"The student made a huge jump in math today. We were doing more advanced single digit to single digit problems (9 + 4; 8 + 7, etc.). Within minutes of working on the problems, the student seemed to grasp the concept of how to solve and actually did the final row of problems independently. We worked on some simple fill in the blank sentences, using vocabulary related to words in a story we read about going to the zoo. We also reviewed known sight words, and I had a word search puzzle for her to solve, trying to isolate these words within the puzzle. She said she had never done a word search before, so it was a new concept. She also practiced her fine motor skills by doing some writing. We read part of a nonfiction book about fish."