Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Introductions (first meeting) and administered two grade 3 reading and comprehension drills. The triplets are excellent readers, and we will move rapidly into grades 4 and 5."
"Student and I reviewed his reading of "How They Croaked." At this point, he has read six chapters. We spent this session taking notes in his summer reading notebook for the first four chapters. I helped him set up his notebook in an organizational structure that I believe will help him to both process the information and easily review it at the end of the summer. He had a harder time understanding the chapter on Christopher Columbus, but this is not surprising, as it was the most difficult chapter thus far. Although he was missing a few key details for most characters, he could find the proper main ideas when prompted to reread carefully. As long as he reads carefully and continues to follow his note-taking format, he should do well with the remainder of this summer reading. I have enjoyed working with him over the past three years. He has progressed much in his academic work, and I am proud of all he has accomplished. If he continues to diligently practice the strategies and techniques we have worked on together, he should be successful in the remainder of his summer reading and in the upcoming school year. He may find it useful to work with a tutor to check his comprehension, but he has made great strides in his ability to read and comprehend on his own. It has been a delight to work with him and his family."
"Student is able to perfectly complete a digraph. He is doing really well with comprehension skills. He has some difficulty with non-sight words."
"The student and I did a lot of research on slam poetry in order to start writing a slam poem. We saw a number of spoken word videos. We analyzed the use of first person singular, rhythm, multiple individuals, and different subjects. At the end we saw two pieces on Malala and the student was able to extrapolate possible characteristics that are effective. We had already decided what she wants to write the poem on--anime. We talked about it further and decided to write it specifically on Naruto. We then made a list of 11 words that she can use in the poem. Next session we will continue."
"The entire hour was spent working with the student on an article from a kids magazine about a basketball player. He read the article, took notes, and began a summary. Again, he was super easy to work with and he's such a sweet kid. It takes him a long time to complete tasks. His mom and I discussed the importance of his work with me needing to mirror or supplement his work at school, in order to help him improve at school. He is going to continue reading his fiction novel each night for school, and then he's going to work on reading nonfiction articles from a news website for kids his age and practice writing summaries most evenings as well."
"We began the session by analyzing the student's handwriting from a piece he had handed in. Next he completed math homework. He needed one reminder to do his reading strategies and then followed through without prompting. He did get two problems wrong due to rushing. He was able to verbalize his errors. Next we worked on handwriting and he again could explain how to improve. We ended with reading comprehension and analysis focusing on process of elimination. He was more agreeable to following process and using the text for reference."