Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished reviewing for her upcoming test on fractions by going over word problems and adding/subtracting fractions. She's been getting by with the finger counting, but seeing as she has lots of multiplication memorized, I think she should get to the point where she is comfortable with addition, as well. I definitely think she's ready for the test, though, no matter her methods."
"Today was the first session with the student, and it was a pleasure to meet her! We played a "getting to know you" game so we could get more comfortable with each other. We did a read aloud together and practiced some math problems. The diagnostic assessment I used for math helped me get a beginning understanding of where she and I should focus our attention in our next sessions. Based on the math data collected today, she and I will do some work with place value and number sense to build foundations before moving to addition and subtraction, shapes, and measurement. In reading, we will need to build her sight word vocabulary, refresh her phonics skills, and build confidence to take risks and make mistakes as she encounters new or tricky words. Using a sticker chart to constantly reinforce her effort and focus will help her enjoy her learning hour and feel successful. I am really excited to continue working with her. She is an eager and sweet girl who will do really well with the right activities that will keep her engaged and feeling successful. I'm looking forward to next weekend!"
"In our first session, we practiced addition and subtraction by drawing tower of tens and ones to represent each side. She was easily able to count all the tens and ones when adding. We then worked on her 120 number chart and adding and subtracting from that. She knows how to represent her numbers with towers of tens and ones perfectly."
"We covered polynomial factoring and simplification of rationals. I will bring practice for the next lesson to help the student master the topics and move on with the next subject"
"The student is an outstanding student who excels at basic 6th grade concepts. He only struggles with (sometimes) rushing through answering problems and, therefore, making small mistakes. Specifically, we reviewed concepts from Chapter 2 of his textbook for his upcoming test. We reviewed histograms, factors, and word problems. After he showed me his comfort level, we moved forward to Chapter 3 - his upcoming learning material. Topics included adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, along with multiplying fractions. We also simplified fractions, and I introduced him to integers."
"We covered tangent planes, lines, implicit differentiation, and the chain rule. The student understands the mechanical rules for partial derivatives pretty well at this point, but he needs to work on his conceptual understanding of partial derivatives. I suspect that intuition for these types problems will improve as he does more examples."