Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session, the student worked on Lessons 29-30 and began Lesson 31. These lessons focused on division to the thousands place. She is hesitant when she sees larger numbers. We discussed that it really isn't hard, it just is more of the same steps that she already knows how to do. She benefits from using the place value chart with the dots to assist her with visually seeing how to divide the number. She also gets confused at times with remembering where to put the numbers, but she tends to figure it out if she gives herself some time to think about it. Lesson 31 focuses on word problems and we will start with this during our next session. The student's effort and motivation to do well is a great benefit for her. Keep up the hard work!"
"The student and I continued with the ISEE test prep. We worked on fractions and decimals today. She did well with decimals."
"The student and I continued working on his math skills today. He is starting to get the hang of functions really well and had very few mistakes during today's session. The student and I continued reading his book. He continues to strengthen his reading skills."
"The student and I finalized his understanding of linear, partial, and circular geometry as well as the rudmentiments of algebraic expressions, which, I'm very happy to say, brought us to the end of his mathematics textbook. Since he was gone for a little bit, his comprehension of double-digit multiplication and division waned just a bit, so some enrichment, extra practice, and fun computer games got him started again. Our subsequent sessions will be devoted to an assessment of his multiplication tables and division, but will take more of a composition and reading focus with an emphasis upon academic vocabulary and vocabulary requiring more nuanced understandings and yes, a dictionary!"
"The student and I focused on math and reading concepts today. We continued matching number words for one through five with the corresponding numbers, and watched videos to reinforce mastery. While we are not at 100% mastery yet, we are getting there. She is very motivated and eager to learn. In reading, we are almost at mastery with our first story, and she is ready for the next one, which I will introduce tomorrow. Strategies used today included oral practice, visual learning aids, making connections, forming patterns, guided practice, guided reading, oral reading, sounding out, and using manipulatives to make associations. Extended practice was left for enrichment."
"The student and I got to know each other during this session, drawing a comparison between her work as a Spanish teacher and the process of translating word problems into straightforward numerical expressions. We discovered together that her access to word problems will be greatly improved by scaffolding her understanding of requisite skills and concepts first. We also talked about how the questions are crafted to target the needs of a teacher, or finding averages of tests. Skills we will work on include: unit conversions, percentages (converting fractions to percents), and reducing fractions. We agreed to focus on these skills to start. I will email her a packet of independent practice problems to complete before our next session."