Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For our second session, the student and I worked on more reading and math content. We focused on decomposing fractions, which she was able to pick up after working with some fraction manipulatives. She had requested time to work on prefixes and suffixes, so she completed a short pre-assessment so I know where she is currently performing with that content. The student was very focused on pleasant the entire time, and she loves to show me things that she does know already. We reviewed her multiplication tables to pick out the ones she needs a bit more practice on to make them as fluent as the rest of the math facts."
"The student brought to the session a school handout on March as women's history month and read to me several short biographical sketches of famous women. She was very engaged with these, so I made a few notes as she was reading and speaking about "jumping off places" for issues she should practice or explore. After she read we discussed phonetic, careful reading (and meanings) for words like "vital," "disadvantaged," and "declaration." We worked on distinguishing between short "e" and long "a" as in "well" and "whale." We discussed words that may be altered to make new words or words that are related and similar, such as "city" and "citizen" and "declare" and "declaration." I also addressed the student's use of the double negative ("didn't have no money") and showed her how to use "any" instead. I asked her to write a paragraph for me on which of the women she thinks is most important and why. We then moved back to the Eleanor Roosevelt questions. She had achieved a superficial understanding of question seven. I asked her where the author had "used evidence to support" that the UN offers assistance. She had reverted simply to the statement in the text saying that the UN did this instead of looking for examples of the UN helping. Identifying evidence may be a point to continue to practice. I want to encourage her to bring to the session any text material she is engaged with at the moment and that I could work with that to pull out needed practice. She seems to respond better to this approach than to having the choice of text determined for her."
"We covered math, spelling, and reading during this session. We began the session by reviewing the student's spelling list words. She then completed three different exercises in her spelling packet that required her to categorize the words, then match them with synonyms, definitions, and analogies. It was a great way to familiarize her with the spelling and the definitions! Since she finished her math homework at school today, I gave her 5 of my own math problems to complete. I gave her a table of numbers with x and y, with some boxes missing. She had to write the equation and also fill in the missing numbers. For the first 2 she needed some assistance, but afterwards, she caught on quickly. I had her graph an equation as well, which she did very well with. For the last 15 minutes, we read together to prepare for her reading log."
"Today we went over how I can help him shorten the duration of homework each night. We will be working on developing a weekly and monthly schedule for him to follow. He is struggling with time management and spending too much time on homework. We also worked on strategies for reading comprehension. Skills to practice for the future include only checking a few problems in math, following a schedule, printing out homework, and using flashcards. His homework is to read Chapter 2 of "A Brave New World" and summarize it."
"Today we worked on basic algebraic concepts and definitions, which included the functions of an equation, vertical line tests, point-slope forms, quadratic equations, parallel and perpendicular lines, and domain and range. We focused on graphing equations using the concepts listed above by using a table, word problems, or coordinate points. We made flashcards to help the student better understand these concepts. In future sessions, I hope to utilize these concepts in harder math problems."
"Today we worked on Chapter 6 for his history class. I read each chapter to him, and he followed along and took notes on all of the important dates, keywords and people. I summarized the material as we went along and asked him questions to make sure he was understanding the text. We went through the review questions and keywords on his online class, and I had him star the important terms in his notes. I think he is doing much better at note-taking."