Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For the session that focused on math, the student and I worked on worksheets. The first worksheet was to practice addition and subtraction, and she did fairly well at that. She did better at the addition than subtraction, but her subtraction skills are improving greatly. I will make flashcards for her that can practice the addition and subtraction that we continue to see on these worksheets. We then did a science worksheet that was about plants on one side and the solar system on another. This worksheet stressed comprehension practice and true and false questions about the science facts. Our final worksheet was about using materials and brainstorming ideas (for example: "We use a lot of fruits and vegetables in our diets. Can you think of fruits and vegetables that you eat regularly and list them below?"). Finally, we started to learn a song about the solar system."
"For this first session, the student's parents were interested in conducting a baseline assessment to see where he needed more reinforcement in math and English in preparation for fifth grade. We worked on standard aligned problems, and he was assigned problems to do over the week, along with a three-paragraph writing response."
"For this session, the student and I worked on her math skills. We were going to to cover multiplication and division today, but the student said she has more difficulty with fractions. For this session, we worked on adding fractions with the same denominator, reducing fractions to their lowest terms, converting mixed and improper fractions to lowest terms and knowing the difference between the numerator and denominator. The student's attitude was engaged and positive for the whole session. By the end of the session, the student was understanding adding and converting fractions better. I gave her four math pages on fractions to complete for homework. We will continue to work on adding fractions for our next session."
"For this session, we continued with prime numbers and prime factorization. I gave the student a warm-up worksheet on prime factorization trees, and she finished with no problems, as she now has a better understanding of the topic. We then went over basic divisibility rules again. After going over the definition of composite numbers, we then went over example problems, where we would see if any of the divisibility rules applied to the number to see if it was prime or composite. I then gave her a worksheet to try on her own. We finished the session with more examples, and I gave her homework on the topic for her to try on her own again, due for next session."
"For today's session I started off by working with each of the girls one on one, while the third student worked independently. I gave student three and whichever girl I wasn't working with at the time a packet of review material to complete. The packet contained worksheets on fractions, decimals, percents, elapsed time, money, perimeter, and area. With each of the girls we reviewed mean, median, mode, and range. Then, we practiced graphing points on a coordinate plane. Next, we all came together and I taught them about probability. I used a coin, dice, and a deck of cards as a visual. At the very end, we played a few rounds of Math Jeopardy."
"Friday the student and I spent a large amount of the session working on a money worksheet that he enjoyed. It involved counting money between two people and discussing which person had more. I showed him strategies for counting money, including starting with the highest denomination and counting from there. He does a nice job grouping the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. He also has started adding up more than two numbers together to get an answer. We also continued working on getting his addition facts memorized using his flash cards. I also showed him how to add things like 7+9 quickly using his doubles. I left him with extra practice and told him to continue studying his flash cards. Finally, I briefly spoke with him about multiplication and what it means to multiply."