Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed test taking strategies for reading comprehension. I found an online practice test of the sol's and she started taking it. We also practiced finding the main idea with song lyrics."
"In today's lesson, the student finished reading "Four on the Shore," a book she read most of yesterday in our other tutoring session. Before we began reading, I asked her questions about what had happened earlier in the story, having her retell the plot. She did very well with this. Next, she read the rest of the story, which she did very well, only getting stuck on unfamiliar or tricky words like "fangs" and "nearly." After this, we practiced 108 sight word flash cards. She was able to read/ say most of the words by sight without a problem. She then read a new book "Digby," which she did well. After reading Digby, we played a game to see how well she could listen for and hear errors in reading, and to practice self-correction. I read the book back, making mistakes on purpose as I went, and the student would have to say "stop" when she heard a mistake, and then tell me what mistake I made. Out of about 15 mistakes, she was able to catch all but 3 on the first time through and tell me what I did wrong. For the three mistakes she missed, I would reread the pages with the mistake until she caught it. She did well with this activity. We ended the lesson practicing recognizing some common words by sight, the words: what, where, were and when. After I identified the words and said them for the student, I would write a word on a dry erase board and she would have to say what the word was. We did this for the last 3 minutes of the session."
"We read two stories -- he was able to read much of the material himself. We also went over the material for his math test the next day."
"The student and I developed an effective thesis for her essay. We then created a chart to plot the essay's train of thought. We also simplified the sentences and streamlined the message of the introduction, economizing her language and specifying her argument."
"Today we worked on writing response papers for the student's Media & Terrorism class. We discussed how media has changed throughout history, and how that has affected the government and individual contributions and roles in the dissemination and response to the news. We also discussed the readings that are due for tomorrow, and how to respond to them."
"The student read five books today including two level C books and three level D books. She is sounding more sounds out in her words, which is helping her read. Words that were tricky for her in the books were went and just. I will make these her sight words now. When she read her sight words, she knew them all except one (away). Awesome! We also went over digraphs (th, sh, ch, wh) and she did very well with this."