Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student 1 and Student 2 have a math test coming up on Thursday and this session was prep for their test in math. We completed the review packet and then discussed what to do between then and the test. Student 2 was advised to make sure he studied thoroughly so that he did not underestimate. I discussed some ideas with Student 1 to help him overcome his test anxiety. First, I advised him that reviewing the material and having a good understanding of the math would be crucial in him developing a reassurance in his ability to do the work. Secondly, I explained to him and his mom that it would be very beneficial if he did something to help him relax before his test, do something to take his mind of the test. We concluded that having him look over something baseball related would help create the distraction he could benefit from to avoid letting the coming exam build up his anxiety level in class right before he received his test paper."
"The student and I followed the same format we established last week, which consists of first asking how her previous week went (did she feel like the strategies we put together are working?), how any quizzes/tests went (did she feel prepared? did anything surprise her?) and lastly, what would she like to go over that day? I had corrected practice test answers the student had completed for her Evolution Quiz and sent those back to her over the weekend. As a result, the student felt very positively about that quiz although she has not received a grade yet. She is feeling good about Latin and Social Studies, so we spent the remainder of our time constructing an introductory paragraph for her essay and going over a fractions worksheet that she understood, but was not completely comfortable with. We managed to complete her introductory paragraph. The student is very comfortable with the guidelines governing paragraph structure, but I reinforced some of these, and explained them using slightly different wording than her teacher. Similarly, I had the student explain how to complete a few of her math worksheet problems without referencing her sheet, and helped her to devise a strategy for using her answer to plug into the original equation to check for correctness. In discussing these problems with the student, what was a tentative understanding of the material became much more solidified and I do not think these more advanced fraction equations will give her any trouble. Once again, I have encouraged the student to contact me between our sessions to ensure she continually feels prepared and up to speed with her work."
"The student outlined the time she would spend on pending assignments/ projects which totaled about 60 minutes. We addressed the sleep transition strategy and its effectiveness. To this point, she only practiced that strategy one of the two nights. I encouraged her to persevere and develop consistency in utilizing this tool. To bring closure and review to the session, we read and discussed Chapter 3, Setting Goals and Taking Action. She completed a worksheet listing her priorities in the areas of home, school, and friendships. She then completed a form with a series of steps (using the image of a ladder) that she would take over the next week to complete her goal of completing home chores. That document will be reviewed in our next session and goals for school and social life will be added. Her engagement in the process of developing and applying study and organizational skills continues. The results of her efforts are self-reinforcing and she is pleased with her progress, as am I."
"We covered division with remainders as fractions using the mixed numbers and long division methods. We also covered converting fractions to decimals by placing 10 or 100 in the denominator. The student seemed to struggle the most with division and the mixed numbers method. He tends to forget that the first fraction needs to equal a whole number. However, he showed improvement after completing several problems using this method. He indicated that he was least comfortable in this area and wanted further instruction. He seemed to do well with the long division method and remembered the general rules (i.e. the remainder becomes numerator and the divisor becomes the denominator). The student also did well with converting fractions to decimals and indicated this is the area he feels most confident in. I introduced the strategy of making a graph or using the other method to double-check quotients. He remained focused, motivated, and engaged throughout the session."
"We matched words to photos, which allowed for spelling practice of the word. The student struggled some with identifying all of the photos presented. I asked basic questions about the photo. He struggled with some and at times repeated the last answer presented. We also practiced with a memory game. He didn't appear to understand the entire premise of the game and required full prompting. We will continue to work on this next session. We additionally practiced turn taking. He paid attention during the entire session."
"We practiced word problems with coins, missing addends, and unknown start. We also looked over his daily homework about Veterans Day, which included reading comprehension, vocabulary study, and grammar review."