Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student started off with fluency practice. I used another fluency activity. This activity broke up sentences with slashes to mark phrases. The student was to read the sentences and briefly pause at the slash mark. This allowed them to practice correct phrasing as they read. Each time the student came to a slash, I had him quickly tap his finger on the table. When he came to a period, he tapped twice. This forced him to pause at the phrasing. After reading the paragraph a 2nd time, he did much better. I think that he may have been more focused on tapping than reading, so this could have attributed to the minor errors. I'd like to see him practice this activity again and use a different strategy- think about what you are reading- does that word that you just said make sense in that sentence? Next, we worked on reading comprehension. This passage was by far the most difficult the student has read before. It was non-fiction and about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This passage was difficult for him because the vocabulary and way of speaking was very advanced/early American. Therefore, many sentences did not make sense to a 21st century kid. We had to discuss this passage in detail since he stumbled over a large number of words. The comprehension questions were difficult because they contained skills of inference as well. When the student went back to find evidence for these questions, he had a difficult time finding clues. He needed coaching through each question. I think we need to spend more time on nonfiction texts during reading comprehension. I plan on asking him to use stop dots after each paragraph (or perhaps more often) and explain what the paragraph is about in his own words. We also worked on synonyms and sentence completion. I plan on spending more time during tutoring reviewing these words. Once he remembered the meaning, he was able to successfully complete the synonym/sentence completion questions. We ended this session with writing. He planned his outline for his 3rd paragraph and wrote down 5 sensory details he would use during the beginning/middle/end of the paragraph. His attitude was great, I am proud of his work!"
"To start, I went over a math section practice test that the student did for homework. A few question types were hard for him so we spent some time on them. I also reviewed decimals with him, and we did a reading section at the end."
"Today we finished our overview of the test and began an in depth examination of the areas that the student needs help with. We worked on multiplying and dividing fractions. The student is a sharp kid and picks up material quickly. This allowed me to introduce a few advanced topics that, while not necessarily on the test, will improve his performance. I also began our work on vocabulary. My plan is to assign a few common words to him each week before the test. Next week, we will take a look at algebra."