Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session with the student went very well! He and I began our session reviewing and discussing multiplication strategies (an array, grouping, repeated addition) to help find the product. Next, we moved to discussing how to add and subtract fractions with like denominators. He did well on adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators, but had some difficulties putting fractions into their lowest form and changing improper fractions into a mixed fraction. We also discussed prime numbers. After discussing how to put fractions in their lowest forms, he showed improvement in his ability to reduce fractions. His low multiplication level is still a concern, so we ended the session with an activity that required him to connect puzzle pieces of a multiplication problem to an array and a repeated addition sentence. He enjoyed doing this activity so much that he asked to do it again to see if he could do it faster. For practice, he will study his multiplication cards."
"We made some final preparations for the COMPASS exam. We reviewed expressions, equations, and graphs. I made sure the student was able to identify all situations and answer them using the methods I taught him. Once I felt he was prepared, I had him look through a couple of practice tests to help him feel more acquainted with the test. We spent the rest of the session going over test day tips and what to expect come day of the test."
"We practiced adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing negative numbers. We discussed (and showed) their properties at length. In addition, we reviewed many of the methods to manipulate fractions that we had discussed last time, as well as reviewed some vocabulary terms. He really did seem to get it better at the end. I still worry about his adding and subtracting abilities. We tried to practice some mental math along with the adding and subtracting negatives."
"We reviewed her homework, worked through chapter five, and started chapter six. Already starting to move a bit quicker, so we should be on pace to finish the book before the end of the month. We've continued to discuss getting her a planner to help organize her schedule and assignments. Very productive session!"
"We reviewed the probability concepts that we covered last week to prepare the student for his upcoming test. Then we looked at the first couple of problems in the statistical reasoning unit. These were sample populations vs. total populations and also drawing histograms."
"We started out with addition and subtraction flashcards, and then I did some verbal drills with the student to sharpen her mental addition skills. I would give her a number and tell her to add 10, then I would give her a number and tell her to add 9 - which she could do by adding 10, and then taking one away. Then we went over some word problems in the workbook that involved multiple steps, and I also assigned a couple of pages for homework. For the second half of our session, we worked from the reading skills workbook. She read paragraphs, and I drilled her on the who, what, where, when, and why to test her comprehension. Then she worked on exercises where she had to read a few sentences, and then draw a conclusion from what she read. I assigned a couple of these for homework as well."