Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed an assignment, which was to write a letter to someone she knew about a topic of her own choice. I am always impressed by the student's strong will to both learn and lead. Action steps include reinforcing the methods being taught in class and providing her with more reading strategies for decoding words."
"The student and I added another word to her word wall. She is able to identify the words we have gone over when we encounter them in the stories we read. We also made a word book for her to add the words we go over as well as other words she may see in books that she wants to add. She also used her knowledge of phonics to sound out words when reading sentences."
"We covered writing strategies and styles. In addition, the student read various examples of writing (journalism, fiction, etc.) and analyzed the differences. He also completed 2 timed writing exercises and we reviewed his English homework. He struggled most with style (but he was writing under time constraints). He maintained a positive attitude and showed a marked improvement from the first session. I asked him to take notes on the strategies and he complied."
"We continued our study of homophones and started homographs. We did several worksheets and a crossword for homophones. We also used flashcards to study our spelling words. We then discussed what we would like to do next with our words-- sentences, a story, or continue with the flashcards."
"We reviewed the student's homework from last week, discussing the verbal analogies and enforcing verbal analogy relationships. She did very well and demonstrated a good understanding of the way analogies work. For the session, she and I went back to review vocabulary, specifically looking at Greek and Latin word parts, prefixes, and suffixes, and strategies for learning and retaining new vocabulary. Next session, we plan to go more in depth with her current vocabulary list in order to apply these strategies."
"Using flashcards and letter magnets, we worked on letter recognition and letter sounds. The student has phonemic awareness in understanding the sound of letters and is able to connect it to words. I will work on writing out letters to bridge the sound and visual aspect."