Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"On Thursday, the student and I worked on spelling and reading. First, we went through his spelling homework; each week, he is given a list of vocabulary words and has to put those words into sentences. So, we went over the sentences that he had already written--making sure to go over grammar mistakes and the meanings of the words in context--and then wrote sentences for the remaining words on the list. After we finished his homework, he picked out a favorite book to practice reading: a collection of This Is... books by Miroslav Sasek. I had him read aloud to me the chapters "This Is New York" and "This Is Ireland" and stopped him a few times to ask him questions about the reading. We also made a vocabulary list of 10 words we saw in the reading that he didn't know the meanings of yet; next week, we'll continue building this list, and write sentences using those vocabulary words! He seems really enthusiastic about reading and learning, and I really enjoy working with him."
"Student is improving and gaining confidence. Focus towards the end of the lesson is still an issue. Worked on practice with phonics of word parts to get closer to being able to read without sounding out. Asked her to begin a reading log, reading 20 minutes per day. She is supposed to be reading 20 minutes for class anyway, so now she will just be keeping track of minutes read and pages read as well so we can see if her speed improves. I also asked her to write a quick couple sentences on what she read to see how she is processing the material. Parents informed me that her teacher is saying homework is a problem so we will be working on that together beginning next week. Overall, I feel this student just needs to practice more outside of school and build her confidence and she will soon be caught up with her peers. Also, tricks to manage her body movements while studying could help her focus. Cheesy as it may sound, meditation has helped a lot of students with this."
"Today the student and I looked over his math packet which is due on Friday to make sure he didn't have any questions or concerns. He brought his reading skill book (reading comprehension) and I also brought with me some questions from previous reading exams. We worked on strategies when reading stories and also highlighted on certain things to look for when reading the questions such as answers that may seem correct but are meant to trick you. At the end, we finished with a poem and will continue with reading strategies next Thursday."