Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Yesterday, the student and I looked at her previous math test. A lot of topics from the test were things we had covered during our last session, but the word problems were still elusive. They always are! She and I talked about different ways to break down the word problems so they make more sense to her. She has to take her time, work carefully, and check her answers. If she works both logically and efficiently, she will see a huge improvement to her scores."
"Yesterday, we built conceptual knowledge for multiplying and dividing fractions by using physical models of the operations. The student did great with this, and we moved into solidifying the algorithm and applying it to whole numbers with fractions, mixed numbers with fractions, and mixed numbers with mixed numbers. In reading, we talked a lot about test strategy and how to use the first 10 questions to push the score up on the MAP. Then, we used Level Z(1) materials to work on author's purpose and main idea and details, with an emphasis on referencing the text when choosing an answer."
"As usual, the student and I worked on her math homework to start off the session. She had a little trouble understanding the instructions associated with the first couple of problems, but with a rereading and an illustration of possible correct answers, she quickly caught on. As part of the process, we talked about the tens multiplication table and reviewed the twelves. The second part of the homework involved doubling numbers and after the first problem, she was able to do the calculations in her head. We then took turns reading the third chapter of her library book. I told her that the school library would probably allow her to renew the book on Thursday, but she said she probably wouldn't, so I am guessing she wasn't really engaged with the story. I am hoping will take out a couple of books more to her liking next time."
"At the beginning of the session, the student mentioned that she was struggling with adding multiple numbers. She said that it was just long and boring, but it also seems that she tries to do everything in her head which was causing some difficulty. Her mother also mentioned her having difficulty with mental math problems. We practiced a few problems together, and discussed grouping two numbers together, and then writing that down so that the addition problem is done on the side. She originally was doing all work in her head, and was reversing the numbers when she wrote them on the paper. We played a game that practiced adding the multiple numbers, and she did much better with it that time."
"At the student's request, reviewed rounding to tens and hundreds place with digits in the hundreds and thousands place. Reviewed recent material related to ratios, rates, and fractions that he had either done incorrectly or not completed."
"At this session, I brought over a collection of new work materials: new flashcards, new workbooks, and books of phonics and grammar rules so we can work on relearning basic grammar and improving our skills to further speed up our reading. We did one worksheet out of both a writing workbook and a grammar workbook, and we went through addition and subtraction cards. The student is very good at her addition 1-20, but her subtraction still needs work. I am making her a number poster to hang on the wall that includes 1-100 so we can practice using the number chart to solve answers instead of our hands."