Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I covered the concept of addition with regrouping. The student was struggling the most with adding the one when regrouping. The student was bored with the material until I told him that he would still use this concept in high school. I did include strategies in this session. I did not leave the student with extra practice. I did not see any scores to note. The parent did schedule a session for next week."
"I covered the following concepts during the session: Multiplying using arrays as models. For student A, he did very well with the material. He was able to separate the double-digit number into tens and ones and draw area models to multiply. However, he did need help writing the explanation of steps. I had him tell me orally the steps before writing. For student B, she was able to understand the concept very well. However, her multiplication skills were not very strong. Therefore, I also had her practice her multiplication tables. She still relied on using her fingers. Both students' attitudes were very positive and were engaged during the session."
"I felt that student one had a breakthrough today in adding money. We utilized an abacus to help her count coinage. She was reminded to begin with the largest denomination. We will continue to focus on the skills of skip counting, which is instrumental in counting money (e.g.. 25, 50, 75, 100). She is more comfortable counting by 5's and 10's. She will need to practice counting by 10's, but starting on a five (e.g.. 25, 35, 45). Overall, she made great progress today. Student two worked on math and reading practice. We completed a math mystery regarding proportions. This is a skill that will be taught later in the year, but was a great way to incorporate other concepts (adding fractions, simplifying fractions, representing mixed and improper fractions). We read a persuasive text to practice test taking skills. She is a very bright girl, and I think she will do well in the state test come spring time."
"I had a very enjoyable time working with her today! She remembered how to do the standard algorithm of multiplication very well, even when I threw bigger numbers at her. We also did some work with order of operations, as she had told me that she had been doing long strings of addition and subtraction and multiplication from left to right."
"I had the student write a paragraph, by recycling/updating her journal prompt for the day. We read from her social studies readings and worked on reading comprehension. We also worked with decimals, which seemed beneficial. She knows the mechanics of working with decimals, but needs the deeper understanding."
"I helped her with her homework, as well as prepared her for her spelling and math test the next day. We worked on her math pages, and most of the problems were "number sentences?" She didn't know what the word "fewer" meant, so I explained how important it was for her to know what it means for subtraction processes. She seemed very confident about her math when I asked her if she needed any help with anything. I gave her a test of her spelling words and she missed about five of them. So, I put the words on index cards for her to study. Then, I gave her a dictation to help her be better prepared for one given after her spelling test. She also did some reading from her required reading book. She read well. "