Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Math To review concepts taught in previous lessons, he completed two fraction addition word problems. Each fraction set had uncommon denominators. For each problem, he read the problem aloud, underlined keywords and numbers, identified the operation signaled by the keywords in the sentence, wrote an equation, solved an equation, and labeled his answer in correct terms. He needed one verbal prompt to remember to label his answers in terms of the problem. All of his answers were correct. He also multiplied two mixed numbers, first converting them into improper fractions, cross-canceling, and converting his final answer from an improper fraction to a mixed number. He is retaining the math concepts from previous lessons very well. Verbal: He completed 10 analogies. For each analogy, he wrote a full sentence to answer the question "How are these words related?"ù. The analogy types included in this review were: part-to-whole, homophone to homophone, function to tool, and antonym to antonym. He answered all other analogies correctly. He completed a language arts worksheet. He read 7 examples and had to decide if each example was a grammatical sentence, a run-on sentence, or a fragment. We discussed the meaning of a full sentence and its components: the subject and predicate. He completed all examples correctly. He was particularly adept at adding subjects to predicate fragments. He correctly punctuated each run-on sentence and rewrote each fragment as a full sentence. He completed two inferences passages. For each passage, he identified selected statements as inferences or facts. He identified all facts and inferences correctly. Next, he completed 6 context clue passages. For four passages, he identified the meaning of a bold-lettered word in a paragraph; for the remaining two passages, he filled in the missing word. He answered 6/6 questions correctly. I asked him in conversation, if he knew the meaning of any of the bold-lettered words prior to reading the passages. He confirmed that he knew the meaning of at least three words, but I encouraged him to read each passage carefully, because each word may have a more specific meaning based on the passage. He completed a sample reading passage and answered 5/5 comprehension questions correctly. I gave him two passages to choose from, one to be completed during the lesson, the other for homework. We reviewed how to rank the reading passages based on familiarity. He chose a passage, mapped partially, and answered the multiple-choice questions. He answered the specific question about vocabulary without looking back at the sentence; he answered the question correctly because he already knew the meaning of the word, but I cautioned him to always look back at the specific sentence, because the word may have a more specific meaning in the context of the passage than its definition would connote."
"This week we went through a number of sample math exam problems. After working through these examples, for the next session I would like to do a more intensive focus on working with fractions - addition, multiplication, subtraction and a more in depth explanation of some rules for these operations as well as for finding the greatest common denominator. We incorporated some work with order of operations, which the student is comfortable with and was able to apply successfully to the practice problems we completed. After additional work with fractions, I would like to apply these concepts to work with percentages; when we went through a sample problem, the student had a basic conceptual idea of how percentages work but had not specifically worked on problems where percentages need to be determined. The student also requested we do some work with long division, as he said he needs more practice with this."
"We worked on strategies for solving math problems. We reviewed vocabulary terms and worked adding fraction problems. The student was left with a writing prompt for next week."