Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on some of her homework. She had a very easy time with her math homework, which was looking at tally charts and graphs. We then worked on her spelling words for the week because she had been excited that she had gotten 100% on the words when we worked on her list a few weeks before. I asked her to write the words as I read them out loud without giving her a chance to look at the words, in order to assess which words she really needed to work on."
"The students focused on reading fluency and on flash card fluency. Both students have shown a lot of growth over recent weeks, which Student A continued! He did a good job of identifying 25 words in under 1 minutes 20 seconds, while Student B was able to break the 1 minute mark! I did not see much struggling tonight from Student A, but Student B seemed to be word calling a little more than usual. After a few reminders, she got herself together. We reviewed the importance of chunking with harder words, which both students used relatively successfully. Both students will continue to use their sight word flash cards to develop fluency. Student B and I said we want to see her break the 1 minute mark, and Student A is trying to break the 1 minutes 10 seconds mark with 25 words. I did not see any grades this time around, but I am happy with the progress Student A has made! Student B has slowed down a little but not to the point that I am worried about her."
"The student started by doing her homework. Her language arts homework involved identifying and writing antonyms for certain words, and also for underlined words part of a whole sentence. She did very well with this. The second part of her language arts homework dealt with grouping similar nouns based on their characteristics and writing related words next to each other. She also did very well with this. Her math homework dealt with graphs, in particular converting tally charts to bar graphs, and reading and interpreting bar graphs. She understood this for the most part; she only had a minor issue with figuring out "how many more" but eventually she came to understand the concept. Once we finished her homework we practiced her spelling words. She struggled with spelling "coast" and "human" and, I found in general, with knowing when to put an "e" at the end of the word. But, by the end of the session she got all of her spelling words right in a quiz. I also started making flashcards for words that she consistently has a difficult time reading, and hope to start practicing those words with her next time."
"Yesterday, the student and I had our first session. She is doing really well with her list of ten spelling words. The words that are most difficult for her (and that she should review before her test on Friday) are "eight", "laugh", and "better" (she wants to write "bettre"). She completed a worksheet that had her rewrite sentences correctly; she almost always remembers to capitalize the first letter of the first word in a sentence, and she rarely forgets the period at the end! Lastly, we read a short play aloud. She is EXTREMELY creative. We spent some time putting words on a whiteboard and figuring out which other words could be made using the same letters, which is a great learning exercise."
"Today the student and I started by continuing the "Magic Tree House" book. Next I had a few books laying out on the rug of things that I wanted to do with him today. He saw the Math one, grabbed it and opened it, picked a page and started doing problems. We did several pages of adding and subtracting. He is doing amazing with this. Next he grabbed for the practice clock that I brought. He wanted to show me that he remembered what we had learned last week. We spent a few minutes on this and then moved on. I bought a new book that has different board games that are supposed to help with spelling, and reading comprehension. I told him about these games and he is really excited for next week!"
"This was my first session meeting the student, her mother, and her loving and exuberant siblings. Her mother told me the student struggled with reading at her grade level and with maintaining focus with her two distracting younger siblings. She has two other tutors and has been tutored four days a week. She is a lovely, kind and creative girl. We struggled a bit with focus on her reading problems, although she clearly understood the exercise (draw a line to the box for long e or short e). She told me her previous tutor had made her work so hard to memorize her sight words that she would never ever forget them. Her tutor told her "never give up on your words because they will never give up on you." I am going to take her tutor's words to heart. She loves math and kept asking to do the "math game" -- a tic tac toe grid of equations she made up herself. She is clearly gifted in math and probably in reading as well if I can unlock the key. I am going to bring some books to our next session. The books she has from school are okay but I think we can do better."