Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student worked on his math and reading homework. He had me check a fractions worksheet that he had. He has mastered the concept of creating pictorial fractions, and knows the difference between where the numerator and denominator are placed in the fraction. We are working on him mastering the concept of the denominator being the number of pieces in each whole. We also looked at pictorial representations of mixed numbers, which are whole numbers and a fraction put together. We learned that if a shape is completely filled in, he counts it as one whole and not part of a fraction. He also had homework related to the vocabulary he has been working on all week. We also used a reading comprehension app to read a story that he had already read. We worked on intonation, phrasing, and fluency with the story, and answered comprehension questions. He did well with the comprehension questions!"
"Today Student M started with math. I am seeing some improvement in her times tables, most likely because it seems to be something that they are working on in class now as well as at home. She seems to better understand the concept of multiplication now, which I think helps her to memorize the more complicated multiplication tables. She has the easy ones (0-5) down pretty well, it is the bigger numbers that she needs to be practicing on a daily basis to see improvement. I will continue to work on them with her, but she should keep practicing on her own! We also worked on some reading. Her reading has definitely improved, but she needs someone to make sure she fully sounds out the words that she doesn't know. I worked with her on some reading comprehension as well, and will continue to practice this with her in the future. Student S also started with math. He is working on solving addition problems in many different ways, which he has a good grasp on, but needs a little pushing in the right direction sometimes. He still needs repetition practice, but he understands the general concept. We did some reading as well. He is reading well, but I think he should try reading some slightly more challenging books. We finished with writing, which is something that he needed some practice on. I am seeing improvement, but he still needs to work on spacing his words and on some of his spelling. I will continue to work on this in the future!"
"The student and I mostly focused on reading today, since we spent so much time on math on Tuesday. We began by reviewing his vocabulary terms, which he struggled with initially, so we reviewed the different definitions. Then, we worked on the fill-in-the-blank story together, with the student reading the story aloud--the only term that gave him trouble was "since" because he tried to apply the silent-e pronunciation rules to it. After completing the story and reviewing it to make sure it made sense, we worked on coming up with sentences for his vocabulary terms--he's getting more confident with his ability to come up with sentences for his terms. We finished by going over his math facts, just to maintain the routine and give him some more practice--I added more multiplication this time, and he continued to do well. I talked with him about the importance of handwriting, so that his teacher will be able to tell when he has the right answer. Overall, he did a very nice job, and we're going to keep working on building his confidence!"
"Today we went over the student's notes for his government quiz tomorrow. I read over the sections he will be quizzed on with him and corrected some of his notes. I then made a practice quiz for him to answer in front of me. It took him under 10 minutes and he had only minor mistakes but I was able to correct him and help him understand his mistakes. He said he feels good about his quiz. We then began reviewing his anatomy notes. I assigned him homework: 1.) to read and underline key ideas in his "The Law" book tonight before he sleeps to help him prepare for his quiz, and 2.) make study notes over his anatomy material. We want to focus on active learning and using visuals. I will check his homework when I see him on Thursday."
"The student and I worked exclusively on translating a story he is assigned for his Latin 2 class. We made it through an entire page, focusing on the fundamentals of translation, namely, identifying the verbs first, determining the subject based on the verb, parsing the verb tense, then identifying other parts of speech and putting the sentence together. We also discussed tricks for using his mastery of vocab to put together sentences."
"The student only has a few weeks to go before the early decision deadline of his top choice arrives. We spent a good bit of time talking about finding the motivation to persevere through this time, and he seemed re-energized for the tasks ahead. We moved on to discussing his most recent essay and the annotations I had made. We wrapped up our final session by making a point-by-point plan for the week ahead--deciding on tasks and deadlines for his ACT test prep and college application essays."