Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is assigned to read 5 pages before our session on Friday. I also had him write a couple of paragraphs- one on his favorite thing about each season, and one on his favorite things about Thanksgiving. His writing was good today."
"The student began by telling me about the new book she is reading, a detective novel called "The Wig in the Window." She read the first 3 pages aloud to me, and I then asked her to tell me what she had read. As with last time, she remembered many details, sometimes without connecting them to the larger plot or setting. She also asked a few questions about parts of the plot that she didn't understand, and we looked at the text together to find clues to the answers. For the rest of our time, we focused on two words that she was unfamiliar with: "bulletin" and "trellis." For both words, we began by looking at the text itself for context clues, and ended by looking up the words in the dictionary. We came up with a list of strategies she can use when she comes across an unfamiliar or confusing word: think about personal experiences and knowledge related to the word (detective TV shows, things in the garden at her house); look at another sentence in the book that uses the same word, for more clues; and try saying the sentence, replacing the word with another word that she guesses based on context, and seeing if it makes sense."
"The student read several paragraphs from his book about Harry Houdini. After each paragraph, I asked questions about the content to make sure he was following along. He responded with an understanding of the text each time. He wrote down the main idea for each paragraph, and I helped him edit it. We started a spelling list from his errors. I noticed that sometimes his writing was disjointed, and he tended to use the wording of the book instead of his own ideas, so we worked on paraphrasing as well."
"The student and I had a short session today, but she was very focused and got a lot done. She was very pleasant to work with and eager to learn. We started with spelling. She is very confident with her spelling words this week! She had 3 math worksheets to do and we got about half way through them before the end of our session. She is getting much better at subtraction/addition and word problems. She is learning more advanced concepts in school, but she is comprehending them well and asks for help when she needs it."
"We spent a little more time doing repetitive memory drills today. I am working on developing activities that will hopefully be more engaging to him next week, and that will allow him to feel successful while also challenging him to improve his skills. He is a sharp, observant, wonderful kid!"
"We went over part of the essay I assigned him, and it only needed minor corrections. He needs to work on adding more detail and using transition words, but overall, he is on a good path. His reading has improved so much over time. We read a new book, and he was able to read with fluency and pronunciation aside from unfamiliar words."