Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to read in her chapter book. She is doing a much better job at sounding out words and reading more fluently. We also worked on long and short vowel recognition in words as well as beginning and ending blends and digraphs. She worked very hard and was very engaged in the lesson."
"The student completed his soccer essay body paragraph before the session as instructed. I helped him develop his points and work through corrections to grammar (mostly agreement issues) and sentence structure. After he completed the expanded third body paragraph, he wrote a concluding paragraph. He was able to wrap his ideas up with a challenge to the reader. His assignment for next week is to read his completed essay again and refine it further. He is also supposed to brainstorm and write an outline for a persuasive essay."
"We played a "treasure hunt" game, in which we drew a map of the room, labeled its objects with pictures and words that the student had to spell, and wrote down instructions to find a hidden object. The exercise definitely got her more familiar with the words of the everyday things around her, like table, door, etc. I like the maps, because it encourages her to use skills like navigation and finding landmarks to help her when she can't read the word on the map. She could get really good at this if it continues to hold her attention. We also played a quick round of Uno and read two BOB books (set 3). The vocabulary she needs for set 3 is still a challenge, but she does well and she pushes herself. She definitely improves her concentration and focus when you walk into the room, which we can leverage to get her reading effectively."
"We began reading the new section on morality and religion, beginning with the author Iris Murdoch. Similar to last week, we continued to work on vocabulary as well as how to interpret the meaning of each passage and translate flowery/ difficult-to-understand rhetoric into simple thoughts."
"The student did his math homework sheets on subtracting numbers to get 1 and 2. He did well when I made him read them aloud. Then he finished one of his sheets in his green workbook. Next, I helped him read aloud bits of a book about basketball players. Finally, he read a story about eagles from his interactive text, and I asked him questions to test for comprehension. I was strict with him, and that seemed to help him focus. I was happy with his reading, and his comprehension got better."
"I met with the student and worked on a page of math in his folder which focused on rounding to the nearest 100. He did a fine job. Next I had him read a nonfiction passage about the fire in Chicago. We took turns reading and then I asked him some comprehension questions. On the ones he missed, we went back to the passage and found the answer."