Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I gave the student an assessment that covers all of the common core standards that he is expected to know by the end of fifth grade to help me plan on which specific skills to work on. He was not very strong in multiplying and dividing by powers of ten, so I introduced that skill and had him solve some problems."
"We studied for her math test by going over a previous quiz. She did well with adding money, conversions, and graphs/tables. Some of the critical thinking questions are harder for her because they are more than one step and she can't do them in her head. We then went over converting fractions into decimals and decimals into percentages. I think it is a subject we will continue for a while. We finished the session by creating a graph for thunderstorms representing the electric charges that cause lightning."
"We continued working on strategies to write a strong conclusion for essays. The student is incredibly bright and well spoken, but he often struggles with the introduction and conclusion to written assignments. Today I taught him some strategies to incorporate into his writer's tool kit. We practiced using them and I left him with extra work to practice."
"Today we worked on writing word problems. First, we rolled two 20-sided dice and wrote either an addition or a subtraction equation with those numbers. After the student wrote and solved the equation, he wrote a math word problem that fit the equation. The student did very well. His mind is very active, and he is always coming up with creative ideas for the activities and games that we do. This almost always leads to another complex math-related question or topic. We also did several two-digit addition problems with our remaining time."
"The student and I reviewed one-step equations, integers, and word problems. She appeared to have a better understanding of the concepts after we worked several problems. Overall we had a great session today."
"At the beginning of the session, I told the student that if he completed his multiplication test in under 2:30 and got them all correct, we could start with reading and he wouldn't have to take it again at the end of the session. He was extremely motivated and got all of them right in 2:23! Using reading as an incentive for him to focus on math seemed to work well. His reading was good today, and I am finding myself only having to say the first syllable of a problem word before he gets it on his own. He does have trouble with words that begin with the same letter that are common throughout the book (i.e., the school's name was Thompson Brook and multiple times when he saw a T at the beginning of a word he said Thompson). We continued with common denominators, and he is becoming more comfortable finding the new numerators."