Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I worked on her book report for school. We finished going through the Helen Keller book and writing down the important facts about her life from each chapter. I asked her to reread short paragraphs from the story and relay what happened in Helen Keller's life. She had some difficulty doing this and required help identifying what was important. We were able to finish going through the whole book. We talked about the layout of the poster she is going to make to present to the class and how she is going to use her notes to help her. She seems very eager to begin working on her poster! We used the last five minutes of our session to practice her multiplication facts."
"In this session, I focused on understanding the student's comfort level with Spelling, Reading, and Writing. First, we discussed what they were working on in school, and she showed me a sample of her writing. Her style is naturally quite likable and engaging. We then discussed her reading habits and tastes. I gave her a short story to read with some basic comprehension questions, which she completed with ease. She seems to enjoy reading but has trouble completing books. Since she seems to like talking about the books she is reading, I'm hoping that reading some books together and discussing them will encourage her to complete more. We plan to begin reading "Charlotte's Web" soon. Finally, I tested her on some spelling words. Although she did well, spelling caused her some difficulty. I identified some common errors, including confusing homophones, substituting s for c, and repeating consonants, and plan to create some spelling lists that may help her classify words into groups. Finally, we finished off the session by playing some spelling games online. She particularly seemed to like working on these."
"Today's tutoring session went very well. The student read about 30 pages of a book from the library, "Crocodile and Hen." She struggled with some words but was usually able to sound them out by herself or with some prompting or hints (ex. in the word "say," the "ay" makes the long "a" sound...then put that together with the "s..."). She was able to read many more pages today than usual. We also looked at sight words and did a flashcard activity, where I would hold up a flashcard with a sight word on it, and she would either say or try to sound out the word. Out of 50 sight words, she struggled with about 20 of them, including these words: each, out, say, now, help, must, came, find, on). I noticed that she sometimes will get confused about whether a letter is a "b" or a "d," and will sometimes reverse letters (ex. read the word "on" as "no.") At the end of the session, we talked about beginnings and endings of words (ex. sh, ch, ing) and practiced saying words with the same beginning/ending (ex. we would practice the sound "ing," and make the word "sing," then make other -ing words). I want to start doing some phonemic awareness activities with her so we can practice listening for sounds and identifying what letters make each sound. I think this will help her when she sounds out words on her own."
"Today, the student and I went over chapter 17 of his vocab book. He remained focused and engaged throughout most of the session, and as a result, he was almost able to finish the whole chapter. He continues to be a strong learner when he stays focused."
"We were able to spend our time working carefully on spelling and learning the student's poem. She did a great job focusing and getting this done. We also spent some time reviewing science concepts on stars and space."
"The student completed what school work she had first, then we moved on to skill building. She seemed to enjoy the summary exercises today because I had her read out of her favorite nature books. We may continue that exercise in the future. She did a great job of accurately summarizing what she read."