Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"He had no math homework, so we revisited the work done last time creating decision flowcharts for solving two types of fraction problems: multiplication and division. This time, we streamlined both flowcharts into fewer steps. Next, I had him select any math topic in his toolkit to see if he could do the problem correctly. He selected converting fractions to percentages. Since he only remembered the first step, we proceeded to develop a specific flow chart with all the steps so he could complete the problem correctly. Lastly, he tested this flowchart by doing another conversion problem, and he was able to follow the steps and complete the problem correctly. I asked that when he gets a math textbook in class to bring it to the tutoring sessions, if possible, so we can prepare for what is coming in the near future. As always, he was very motivated throughout the session."
"He took his first unit test over Chapter 1 today. He did not have homework. We previewed Chapter 2. He has already prepared his class notes for the first two sections of the chapter. (The teacher asks them to copy the notes outline before covering it in class). I had him practice balancing two-step equations. I insisted on neatness and organization. I feel this will be beneficial for when they cover it in class."
"He worked on an educational website today. He worked on several interactive exercises involving division, in addition to some speed multiplication challenges. He was not having any difficulty with the questions, and I liked that the exercises were designed in such a way that he had to acknowledge the pertinent information and what the question was asking for. I also made sure that he completed his division homework. The other exercise that we did today involved using multiplication flashcards for a speed challenge, wherein he would try to correctly answer more multiplication facts in one minute than I can in 30 seconds. I think this competitive drive will encourage him to improve his memorization of the harder multiplication facts. He actually asked to continue doing the challenge, even when we were almost out of time."
"He worked on using the fridge ABC sounds toy. He is getting better identifying his letter sounds. He then worked with "at" word family. He made new words by adding consonants before "at" magnetic letters."
"Her class has started the first topic of the year, it being centers of measurement. So far, the class has covered mean, median, and mode. As such, we reviewed each one, one at a time before using all three at once. She had trouble with the median, often forgetting that the numbers had to be put in order from least to greatest first. Once she remembered to do that, the median was easy. She had no trouble at all with mode, finding it the easiest of the three centers of measurement. For the mean, she did fine with adding up the numbers of the data, but kept forgetting to divide the sum by the amount of numbers in the data set. We spent the rest of the session practicing how to find the mean. To end, I gave her homework on centers of measurement, due for the next session."
"His new school gave him some rather rigorous math homework that focused on an area we had not yet practiced, exponents and scientific notation. We covered the concept and practiced using exponents. We completed multi-step equations using PEMDAS (Order of Operations). The plan to is to have more information after the school's curriculum night, Thursday, and then plan for the optimum use of our remaining sessions. He must continue to study his time tables."