Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Great session today! Worked on reading with expression and linking words together. She wanted to read more of the book (I think making different character voices made it fun) and was able yo retain more information. Her new word is "tranquil." Working with the blocks helps her understand place value."
"Read: The Bernstein Bears go to the Aquarium; then sorted spelling list into kn-, wr-, -ph-, and -gh words; also did practice spelling test. Noticeable improvements in sounding out words; also helped with Rectangular area homework."
"The student practiced spelling sight words(able, age, already, arrive, between, bone, break, candy). We also went over a short story- Rock Candy. I encouraged him to refer to the text when answering reading comprehension questions"
"During this session, the student and I continued to work on his reading fluency. He explained that he has been practicing his reading fluency since the last time we had met. He also completed his reading homework."
"During this session we did a lot of reading from a new application that the student is using, which allows her to download digital stories and complete reading exercises along with each page. She only wanted to read two of the stories, and did very well recognizing her sight words. Both stories were about second grade level. While she is able to read a lot of the words, she quickly guesses the words she does not know and moves on, so I have been encouraging her to take her time and sound out each letter in the word, and reminding her that there is no time limit. We went back to her vocab/spelling app and practiced word recognition. She is getting much better at remembering how to spell most of the words in this application at the K-3 level."
"We tested on Dolch sight words and reviewed the student's vocabulary words. He didn't have any problems with the Dolch set, which was great! I also had the student read a book, and he did well. Then we worked on fluency building and comprehension sheets. I made plans to bring books of interest to our next session as well as handwriting practice per his parents. I gave the student homework as well to put sticky notes in books where he is learning new words."
"We started with some word problems from the student's homework, a way to combine math and reading study. She is very strong in math, and she has already improved with word problems, breaking the problem down into separate parts which we practiced in session one. We spent the rest of the session using a reading comprehension workbook brought by her teacher. We practiced reading aloud and slowing down while reading. The student did very well answering the questions following the reading passage, and we practiced looking for "evidence" in the passage to help us check our answers."
"Read through the student's spelling words. He did very well on these, even with some of the trickier ones. Then read a chapter of his book."
"I brought an article for the student to read and review. As he read, I had him highlight important information, underline the main idea, and place a check mark above prefixes, because he is covering prefixes in class. Next, I had him look at cause/effect. He was able to complete a cause/effect worksheet in which he read a passage then circled the sentence that represented the "effect." I left him a prompt for his writing; he is to write about his soccer game on Saturday. We will review his piece during our next meeting."
"She had read up through chap. 4 so I had her give me a synopsis and then she read chap. 5 and wrote in her reading journal the main points. She didn't have new spelling words so I used scrabble tiles for word pattern practice. She loved it and was very excited to find that her family has the game. She wanted me to stay and play right then. So they were going to play it that night - mom was thrilled."
"The student and I did some word problems dealing with perimeter and area, since he did not know the difference between the two. We also delved back into apostrophes and the possessive. I had drawn up an exercise previously for which he drew in the apostrophe and rewrote the sentence."
"The student and I mainly worked on reading comprehension. She read from her book as I developed questions from the text. She was able to answer most of the basic questions but had trouble with more complicated questions regarding a greater understanding of the text. We also worked on math word problems. She struggles with comprehending what the question is asking. She will read the question and immediately ask what she is supposed to do (add, subtract, etc. the numbers in the question) With time she will gain a better understanding of the wording and have more confidence while answering the questions."