Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I covered the following concepts during the session: Math: comparing and ordering fractions and adding positive and negative numbers. Reading: finding main idea and comprehension. The student initially struggled a bit with comparing fractions with unlike denominators and adding negative numbers. I showed him how to find the lowest common denominator in order to compare the fractions. For working with negative numbers, I introduced various ways to solve addition problems by using the number line and cancellation. For reading, he was able to comprehend what was read. His attitude toward the material was very positive. He will continue to work online with his math assignments."
"I gave the student several tests to determine what still needed to be reinforced. He is continuing to master his multiplication facts. He has successfully learned his facts all the way to the 6s. He's been working very hard toward his goal and it's paying off. I introduced to him telling time to the nearest minute, five minutes, half hour, and hour. We reviewed what the parts of a clock were and how to read a clock. We then worked on several activities to support his knowledge. I plan to continue with revisiting the concepts he is unclear about."
"I had a great session today with the student! We focused the whole session on time, and we worked on hours to hours, half hours, and working backwards to determine start times. He got progressively more confident as the session went on, with the problems being very basic, and I think that we'll continue with time for our next session as well working on progressively harder problems!"
"I had the student complete another prime number activity. She had to identify the number as prime or composite and if it was prime, she would color in the square to reveal a hidden picture. She is getting faster at being able to immediately recognize numbers as prime or composite. Then we worked on practice problems out of her math textbook. She worked on subtracting and then adding to check her answer. I then had her continue working on asking and answering questions, before, during and after reading of "The Secret Shell" book. Her questions were thoughtful and she was working on answering them using details from the story. We finished the session with some fluency practice. I timed her for 1 minute while she read common phrases. Today she read 36 phrases the first time, and 40 phrases the second time. She is improving each time we work on fluency!"
"I had the student read his high frequency word card. He had 1 left and knew it quickly. He reread "A Walk on the Beach" for fluency and scored more wcpm. Had him practice time to the 5 minute mark, counting quarters, and counting coin combinations."
"I had the student skip count by 2 and 11 for me. He says he practiced a bit. I asked him to try 3 and 6 next. Right now, she skip counts to the 2s and then counts up by ones to the next number. I showed the student two methods of multiplying single digits. One is the area model, where you draw a rectangle with the multiplication problem as the dimensions on grid paper. Then you can count the number of squares inside. This not only helps with multiplication, but also with geometry. Eventually, I expect the student to start skip counting the rows and then just looking at the rectangle, and then phasing out this method when she no longer needs it. The other method is similar, but the student draws straight lines going vertically and horizontally for the two numbers."