Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked for one hour on SSAT math techniques, with emphasis on charts/ graphs and on functions (symbolic math.) Functions were new to the student but he seemed to get the hang of them after a little practice, though I will give him more practice work at the next session. I also gave him a printout of a Middle Level SSAT and we looked at a few of the tougher math problems so he could see the difference between Upper and Middle Level SSAT difficulty. He can handle the math topics for the Middle without difficulty but needs to work a bit on not falling for the testers' "traps" (just because the math is easy doesn't mean the question is going to be straightforward, as I was able to demonstrate). He spent the second hour and a half working on his algebra homework for school. I gave him some grammar and punctuation evaluation materials since his father is concerned that his writing skills aren't keeping up with his reading skills (his reading and vocabulary skills are quite advanced for his age)."
"Factoring with complex numbers, conjugate pairs. The student does really well with this, especially finding complex roots of polynomials."
"Today I met with Student A first. He got his last test back and got an 88. I was really happy with that, because his prior scores were in the low 70's. I stressed how well he did and how he should be proud of his progress. We started going over his new material, which is ratios and converting units. He said he has a good grasp over this material, so we just went over his homework. He did it without a problem. I met with Student B next. He is still going over multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. We covered this about a month ago, but went over it again. It seems like he understands and knows how to convert mixed numbers to fractions and how to multiply them. He did a few worksheets of these questions and he got a little more confident."
"We covered 4's facts again in preparation for the student's quiz on Friday. We reviewed multiples of 4 through arrays, number stories, "double doubles" (observing that multiples of 4 are doubles of multiples of 2), flashcards, and jumping/ clapping "on the 4's." She was engaged throughout the session. She is excited to share the pattern that she learned about multiples of 4 (that they must end in an even number) with the third graders tomorrow "because it will help them learn their 4's faster." 4x7 seems to be the most challenging 4's fact for her. We will continue to work on that."
"The student worked on his math homework covering some addition of fractions. Once we went over an initial problem, he seemed very comfortable with the calculations, and he completed his homework through Wednesday. I was impressed with his multiplication today; his accuracy and speed have improved much more from before. I think he is making very good progress!"
"We covered basic addition and subtraction strategies. The student did a great job! He also enjoyed the lesson since we had fun in the process. I also brought a tape measure and taught him how to use it in order to find the areas of rectangular shapes. Overall, he did a great job."