Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a science and math test the following day, so we focused our efforts on review for these. For the first 40 minutes, we went through fraction flashcards--common fractions that he should memorize the decimal equivalent. He was having a difficult time with this, so we stopped for each one and created a visual pie chart. I taught him that if he divided 100 by the denominator (x), he would know what 1/x equals, and could, using multiplication, find what 5/x equals or 3/x equals. He was able to think about this logically, but we decided to review for science and come back to flashcards at the end. The student found his quiz review which was simply questions that he should be able to answer. He got his text book out, and he simply talked to me, as I verified his answers. Some things we went back to the textbook for clarification, but for the most part, he was strong and confident in his understanding of volcanoes and earthquakes. When he was confused, he would always ask questions. The last fifteen minutes, we reviewed his vocab sentences from the HS entrance exam book, and went through the math flash cards one more time. I suggested that he do that twice more in the morning before his quiz."
"We covered Social Studies over Southeast Asia The student received straight A's on his last report card."
"We reviewed all the assignments the student had completed -- She wrote and we reviewed an essay on why coal is still used as an energy source, and a reflection for music class."
"We focused on a lot of writing and irregular plural nouns (penny-pennies) today. I am going to add more reading comprehension to our one hour session because I believe the student misses the read-aloud exercises we used to have. I asked her to use spelling words in sentences as homework. She loves the game where I review spelling words, money problems, and rapid fire subtraction/addition as it is similar to red light-green light. She is getting a lot faster with execution during the game, as I give her a 3-5 second window for an answer. If she guesses wrong, she has to move backwards. If she has the right answer, she moves forward. She wins if she reaches the other side of the room. She was very focused today."
"During our first session, we worked on three different workbooks provided by the student's school. The first two books focused on second grade math, specifically addition and subtraction. We then read a story and answered some questions about comprehension. He did really well with adding numbers and seems to really understand that concept. We struggled a bit on subtraction. He is currently writing the tick marks and then crossing them out. I introduced counting with his fingers, and we started working on a little mental math. He was really excited when he got the answers right and was eager to learn. I also created two sheets of practice math problems. I worked on an ad lib sheet at the end, for a little reward after finishing his work."
"In this session, we worked on the tone system of Chinese, practiced the pronunciation of the four basic tones, and discussed how to recognize the tone signs. The student was given an audio to practice after class. In the meantime, we continued working on Chinese vocabulary, which included writing and reading."