Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student finally got her flashcards, so we spent most of the session filling out the answers and doing little quizzes to review. She remembers her multiplication facts fairly well, but has some difficulty with higher numbers. We also read some more of Harry Potter."
"The student had a little homework in math. I found he was rusty on borrowing during long subtraction problems - specifically, he likes to race through the borrowing before doing any subtraction, and he was accidentally borrowing when he did not need to or borrowing twice from the same number occasionally. He did extra problems to break that habit. He also worked on more difficult long division problems and four-digit multiplication problems. These he did well on. His neatness in lining up numbers helps him a lot. The class will be organized around some Singapore math principles next week."
"The student had a lot of homework again. Reading - I supervised the two sentences that she had to write with her spelling words. I assigned two spelling words to study for her test on Friday. She also read two stories from her reader and did really well. Math - she had two pages of addition problems and did them all correctly. When she was finished, I asked her to give me answers to the same problems, only orally, and she did all of them correctly. She also worked on factors of 8 in addition. "
"The student had a lot of homework today- although it was later revealed that perhaps she was not completely accurate about their due dates and so may have mis-prioritized. She is pretty resistant to my involvement in her math work, which seems to either be an issue with not wanting to be called out for not fully understanding a concept or not wanting to be slowed down and asked to think through problems more fully- I'm working on this and will probably ask for some backup from mom and dad. Essay clean up on the rough draft for Helen Keller essay will be next week- I set that as her due date."
"The student had a math test and said that it had things they hadn't gone over before. I asked him to copy down the questions that he got wrong or didn't understand. We went over the basic rules of exponents and he seemed to understand, so I think he is going to be fine. For the new math that we learned, we talked about rotating shapes and points on a grid. For the last half hour we went over radiation and nuclear power. We used the accident at Chernobyl to talk about the effects of radiation. I've noticed he likes learning about disasters and blowing things up. So I'm going to try to tailor science lessons with examples like those."
"The student had a math worksheet for homework covering GCF. There is a new concept of adding by finding the GCF and then distributing the factors. He understands how to find the GCF but the second part to adding it what he struggled with. I will try to find some practice work to correlate with what he is learning. The homework did take a while as it was front and back, but he did get some good practice on with finding the GCF. Hopefully Wednesday the homework time will be less. I don't want him to lose his confidence because of it getting too hard."