Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on a writing project for Social Studies. We compared the student's writing to the rubric to ensure all elements were included. I encouraged him to reread his writing to listen to make sure it sounds right."
"Today we covered a lot of reading comprehension, writing, and math. We looked at the concept of antonym and synonym and corrected the grammar homework on verbs. We read a passage from the student's reading comprehension book and answered questions about the selection which she did well with. She only struggled with being able to restate the question in the answer; we are trying more and more to avoid one-word responses. We played a spelling game for objects and colors. Then for math we focused on long division and how to show work. We went step by step checking answers and writing/ speaking each part of the way out loud. I encouraged her to do this because she can easily reach an answer in her head; the concepts are not hard for her, but it is difficult getting her to show and explain the work. Overall she did very well and I suggested she practice four long division questions and check the answers. We also had five vocabulary words from the reading passage to put into sentences."
"The student completed a phonics worksheet and a manuscript writing worksheet. He also read Dr. Seuss' "The Foot Book" and half of Dr. Seuss' "Fox in Socks." Together, we read three chapters in book one of the Magic Tree House Series."
"The student and I focused on her reading and word recognition today through reading a book as well as playing a word bingo game. We also spent some time reviewing shapes, numbers in Spanish, addition and subtraction, and comparing numbers."
"We are continuing work on letter phonetics. I am having them identify phonetic possibilities as they read to me. They are still very eager to jump ahead by guessing words. They are also struggling because I am asking them to produce subtleties of pronunciation they don't hear. I need to explain this better to them, and ask them to speak up so I can understand when they're mimicking and when they're not. I made a video with me pronouncing consonant sounds for them to watch at home. The boys are getting more confident."
"I helped Student 1 with writing his Valentine's notes, and he was able to complete 4 to 5 of them. He's making improvement with distinguishing between uppercase and lowercase letters. I spent extra time with him in order to get a little more done on the Valentine's project. Student 2 read aloud through a couple of pages of the lit club book, and I reminded him of relevant reading strategies (context clues, breaking words into prefix/root word/suffix, and sounding out phonetically) when he encountered unfamiliar words."