Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was a big day for the student -- he nearly completed a first draft of his college application. After going over a game plan for every paragraph beforehand, he was able to come up with lengthy paragraphs that will give us a lot to work with. He worked hard today while maintaining a positive attitude."
"I asked the student to read briefly. I already knew what his weaknesses were, but I wanted to know more. So, his grandfather handed me a reading worksheet his last tutor used with him. I asked him to reread it and to answer the questions again. Prior to answering questions, we talked about each paragraph and highlighted the plot. What a difference this made!!!! He understood the passage so much better. Way to go!"
"The student was, as always, lots of fun to work with! During our session, we worked primarily on long vs. short "i" sounds and read "Leopards." We worked specifically on recalling information after reading, and he did a great job completing an essay on what he had learned about leopards during our reading."
"We continued to work on digraphs today by playing the "roll a digraph" game and looking for pictures of each digraph that was rolled. I have noticed that this game has helped the student recognize each of these digraphs when we are reading stories together. We also read 3 different books together. She is gaining confidence and trying to sound out more difficult words. We will continue to work on word endings such as -est, -ing, -ed, as well as breaking words apart into individual sounds."
"We started out with brain games again to get the student thinking. I then assessed whether she is able to independently determine cause and effect relationships. We looked at some affixes (both prefixes and suffixes), then practiced using them in words. We had touched on determining point of view previously, and I clarified the 3 types of 3rd person point of view--omniscient, limited, and objective. We worked some problems together, then I had her do some problems independently to assess whether we needed to work on this more. We worked on plot, which is pre-teaching of a 6th grade standard. We then finished by working on determining text structure, which is something we need to continue to work on."
"We continued working on the alphabet, beginning by singing the alphabet song. We worked on letter recognition, with me writing a letter and asking her to identify it. I also had her pick out the letter I said verbally from a group. We practiced writing the letters A-F. She is most excited about writing."