Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we worked on synonyms and antonyms. We will use this to build the student's vocabulary acquisition. She is doing a great job at learning new skills but still struggles with vocabulary. We also read a book that practiced past, present, and future tense and contained a comprehension quiz."
"The student and I worked on non-fiction reading comprehension, since she has been struggling with non-fiction passages. We also worked on how to best structure her answers on open-response questions. Her focus and use of the passage for evidence has improved."
"Topics: reading, reading comprehension, writing. The student's reading performance was better than his average. As always, he remembered the events of the book perfectly and demonstrated good awareness of the events and the context of the story. He also seemed interested in the historical era that the book was set in (emigration from Europe to the United States in the 1860s and 1870s). He was able to get some difficult words without my help ("hatches", "voices", "examined"). I was happy about that. I am hopeful about maintaining our current trend of progress!"
"The student and I identified the main idea(s) in nonfiction books. We began with the book Hibernation, which she could read independently, before moving to The Great Depression, which was on her instructional reading level. She did very well with Hibernation, and while she had a harder time with The Great Depression, most of it was because of unfamiliar vocabulary and concepts. She did all right with it by the end of the session."
"The student read a story and did three comprehension pages today. He was very motivated because there was a crossword puzzle at the end he wanted to do. He is still struggling with fluency, but his phonics skills are improving, causing his fluency to improve. I use a lot of positive reinforcement with this student. He like stickers and verbal praise and tic tacs. He is getting interested in his book and looks ahead for exercises he likes to do like word searches, etc."
"The student did a good job with her reading. We worked on finding the main idea of a paragraph and then read "Goose Bumps." I can see a big improvement in her reading. Then, we worked on math, and she is slowly beginning to better understand her addition and subtraction facts. Also, she wrote a story about her Mother's upcoming birthday. This was a big step for her."