Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the student's homework, which was a unit focused on creating "fact families" for related numbers (e.g. 20, 5, & 4). She completed her homework pretty accurately and I only found one mistake, then we did a few more similar problems for review. The only mistake she occasionally made was in problems formulated like this: 20 _ 5 = 4, where she should have inserted a division sign in the blank, she occasionally would use a multiplication sign instead. I'm inclined to think this mistake is a result of rushing, but I will keep an eye out for it in future sessions. We then did a timed multiplication and division test, which she completed in about 5 minutes, getting about 50/60 right, though she answered the majority of her "incorrect" problems with question marks instead of numbers. I will be thinking of ways to encourage her to attempt to answer the question, rather than giving up, in future sessions. We then discussed the concept of "squared" numbers and "square roots," by tying it into the concept of finding the area of a square, which is something she had done earlier in the year. She found it simple to learn, and we will review it next week alongside the usual multiplication and division practice. We finished out the session with a few minutes of multiplication war, which she won."
"I started off today's session with a check/review of adding multiple digits. I was pleasantly surprised with how she had not only caught on quickly yesterday but also retained it, because she did very well with it today. We then began to work on multiple digit subtraction. I used the same method as I had yesterday for addition with the base ten blocks, place value mat, and whiteboard. I reminded her to be practicing her 1s and 0s multiplication."
"We reviewed counting money in regards to counting coins such as dimes, nickels, and pennies. The student's mom showed me the spelling words that the student had and told me that he has a spelling test each Friday on the words given to them at the beginning of each week."
"The student and I went over volume of rectangular prisms in great detail today. The math homework sheet had many problems on it and was a bit time consuming. But the redundancy of the questions allowed her to master the formula for volume and apply it to 3-D shapes."
"Today the student and I reviewed her word problems math homework. Then we studied her fractions using a set of playing cards. I drew 2 cards from a face-down stack (with the face cards removed). Then she had to write the two cards' values in fraction form and draw a representation of that fraction on paper."
"We covered his religion interview and analysis of a poem. He struggled a bit to understand metaphors and similes. He had a better understanding by the end. He was positive today. I showed him a wide variety of examples of similes, metaphors, and idioms to help him understand how common they are."