Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student 1: She and I started with math. Today, we worked on reducing fractions. At first, it was a challenge because she had a hard time understanding how fractions could be reduced in the first place (i.e. how could bigger numbers be translated into smaller numbers and still be equal to each other?), so I drew visualizations (I created an image of a cake) to show that fractions are about relations between numbers, rather than the absolute value of those numbers, and she seemed to be getting the hang of it by the end of our math part of the session. I asked her to do 5 fraction reduction problems on her own. How we've been figuring it out so far is by drawing out circles for each number and creating boxes around groups of numbers. For example, for the fraction 5/25, we would draw 5 circles on top, and 25 circles on bottom, and then make boxes around groups of 5, and then count the number of boxes on top and on bottom to reveal the reduced fraction. The reading part of our session went great, as always. There are always one or two really tough questions on each reading passage, so I really want to begin to focus on those tougher questions since she pretty much gets almost every question right each time we do a reading passage. I also told her that she really needs to study the spelling of the words on her spelling list, since I could tell from her story that she has already mastered the definitions of the words. Student 2: She and I started with reading. We did an auditory comprehension passage first, and as I said before, that's usually what she struggles with. However, this time, I made a huge deal about her really needing to put her huge listening ears on, and told her I needed to see her looking at me at all times, and she did so, so great!!!! She only missed one question out of seven, which is a huge improvement since our last session. This shows that when she really listens and really pays attention, she is completely capable of answering the questions correctly. I plan to continue to make a big deal of her listening to me, so that she'll know to do this on the actual exam. During the math part of our session, we worked on reading simple graphs. We regressed a little bit in content so that she could learn the concept behind simple graphs before moving into the more complicated ones, but I think that the foundation she received today is going to help her so much when we move into the tougher stuff. She truly understands how a graph represents data, and can now read graphs more than she ever could before, so that's wonderful! At the end of our session, we played our "spelling game" again, but this time, she wasn't allowed to look at her paper like she did before, so it took longer, but I really think it helped her!"
"The student worked on techniques to complete the essay section of the entry exam within the 30 minute time frame. We covered brainstorming, writing the topic sentences for each of the main paragraphs, and the thesis sentence from the topic sentences. We covered how to write the conclusion, and she wrote a practice essay. She learned the techniques to keep her essays focused and narrow in scope. She was left with topics to write about and even chose some herself."
"The student is preparing for an assessment test. I spent our time assessing what areas she might be deficient in."
"We went over a number of SAT math problems, mostly with algebra, square roots, logs, setting up word problems, and sequences. The student was able to utilize the formulas that I gave her well. I think that when we meet next, we will work more on circles to make sure she remembers the formulas and distance/rate questions, which are high level difficulty questions."
"We went over a practice state assessment test to assess what material the student knew. She seemed to be struggling with knowing how to solve the problems because of the lack of material her teacher taught her. Although she didn't know most of the material, she was picking up the topics pretty quickly. We will continue to work on them."
"We went over a practice test the student had previously taken. We specifically worked on questions she missed or had gotten correct but had questions about. We also went over grammar tips and time management for the various sections on the test."