Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During the session we talked about vowels and consonants and the difference between the two. The student learned that vowels and consonants make up words and was able to identify beginning, middle, and end consonants in words. We worked on some of her summer writing assignments. She wrote about her favorite part of an Amelia Bedelia book. Then we read another Mo Willems book. My goal is to help the student become more confident in her studies. During this session we practiced vowels/ consonants, chunking/blending, and writing. She did an excellent job writing and appears to have more confidence in writing then reading."
"I asked the student to review his "2 vowels" rule again and study those words for next time. I also taught him a new rule: plurals. I gave him several words- wolf, wolves, try, tries, etc. I told him to study the words and write each five times for next lesson. We also practiced a spelling test with his school words. Next we did a reading comprehension worksheet on a story entitled "Three Cheeses." He did an excellent job on reading it. We finished by starting the book "Cat-astrophe at the cat show." There are several big words in the beginning but most are easier to sound out. He started off well, but there are words he doesn't know so I stopped several times to explain meanings of words. I asked him to finish page 9 and finish the chapter before Friday."
"Reviewed assignments, read from "Seven Sins," completed vocabulary exercises, and worked on speech-writing techniques."
"The student's reading is getting less and less choppy and monotone. His comprehension is good. He is reading 80-90 words per minute. His retention does not seem to be hindered by the speed of his reading. I have noticed I've been correcting him less and less as he reads. He is more careful about making mistakes. His reading is clearer and he seems to be enjoying its more and shows more confidence."
"The student and I worked on phonics first, where we read and spelled CVC words; she correctly identified antonym pairs and correctly created compound words. She read through a passage after going over the vocabulary. We read through the passage twice before she answered comprehension questions with 85% accuracy."
"We've gotten into a routine in which the student has consistently been doing his homework. We start off by reviewing his 5 SAT vocabulary words in a sentence, which have consistently been improving. His sentences are no longer awkward or clunky, often just needing to be adjusted slightly. I can tell that he has been putting in the effort. We learned 5 new words before we moved on to the Writing and Language section. While literary passages may not be his forte, he understands grammar and style much better. He only missed two questions, the ones dealing with vocabulary. We may go through this section much quicker and then focus more on reading literature. We finished the lesson by reading a poem and answering a few questions together."