Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on rounding numbers from 10's, 100's, and 1000's. She worked on 4 digit addition with regrouping and elapsed time. She did wonderful. We also worked on phonics cards, read a 3rd grade reading passage to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocab."
"The student's mom requested for me to do writing with her today. She wrote on the topic of what sport she would like to do in the Olympics. I showed her how to make a web with an introduction, conclusion, and 3 paragraphs. She was able to write about throwing the javelin."
"The student's session began with a timed test, which he improved on from the previous week. This week during our session, the focus was on time. I went through a few different concepts with him, like telling time to the nearest 5 minutes, telling time using "half-past," elapsed time, and elapsed time story problems. For each concept, I taught a mini-lesson, did some practice with him, and then had him try it on his own. At first, he was confused by the minute and hour hands, and had trouble when the hour hand was in between two hours, but was able to master the concept after practice. We ended the session by reviewing some of the concepts from the previous session."
"The student's session focused around using visuals to find the sum and difference of an equation. These visuals break down numbers into their place value, so students are able to obtain more of a conceptual understanding of the concept instead of mindlessly carrying out the problem (i.e. the value of 2 in 218 is 200, the value of 1 in 218 is 10, and the value of 8 in 218 is 8). The second visual we worked on was using a bar model (part-part-whole and comparison model). Since his school uses these, he was much more familiar with them. Something that he and I need to work on is increasing his stamina in mathematics. I can tell that math is not his favorite subject, so possibly finding digital manipulatives might benefit him and increase his interest in the subject. He is still doing a very great job at finding the correct answer abstractly though."
"The student's session focused mostly on her math. She completed all of her math homework, but did come to the tutoring session with a couple of questions which we addressed during the beginning of the session. We worked with percentages and fractions. I taught her two different methods to complete the problems with both fractions and percentages. Although she does pick up the material quickly, she often makes mistakes on the basic part of the problem solving (adding or subtracting). She also needs to create the habit of checking her work, because that is how she is going to catch her own mistakes. We also worked on areas of different shapes. She was able to complete the problem after a couple of examples. We talked briefly about the book she is reading. I asked her questions about the setting, the characters and the basis of the story. I told her to focus on who the book is for and the intention the author had when writing the book for the next session."
"The student's session started with a review of 4 concepts we have covered in math. She did well on the multiplication of 3-4 digit numbers, multiplication with decimals, and multiplying fractions. Next, she worked on algebraic expressions that included exponents. She was an eager learner. In English, I had her review common and proper nouns, and then we worked on common and proper adjectives. She was able to identify the adjectives with guidance. Next session, I will have her write using sensory adjectives."