Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I've noticed that the student can recognize his sight words in the context of a sentence very well. His strength is in using context clues and pictures to understand the dynamics of a sentence. We will continue to work on memorizing words and diphthong sounds and building confidence in reading."
"Today the student and I started off working on his shape recognition by trying to find circles, triangles, and rectangles in everyday objects around his kitchen. Afterwards we moved on to do some letter work. We focused particularly on the "8". Afterwards we did some work with letters, specifically focusing on identifying the different sounds in words in their proper order using a number of different activities as a basic approach."
"The student had some written reading comprehension tests. We reviewed them and found that the areas that needed improvement were vocabulary as included within the reading piece and clearly understanding the questions. We reviewed strategy that included circling the answers in the reading, circling key words in the questions, eliminating answers that did not make sense, understanding how to number the paragraphs, and deciphering vocabulary from clues in the reading. The student did very well and learned some strategic measures to be successful with doing reading comprehension problems."
"We read a passage together about the solar system. We used methods such as summarizing paragraphs and highlighting important details. He did well recalling information with these methods. We also worked on vocabulary. He found the definitions to words using context clues."
"Today the student read 10 of his 22 books given at school. He did a really great job! He knows most of the sight words. The only words he had slight difficulty with were 'Look' and 'You.' I asked him to re-read sentences that he initially had difficulty with, and he learns well with repetition. He also did a couple of pages from his math workbook. He matched drawings to numbers. He also did some addition and subtraction problems. Lastly, he filled out missing numbers from 1-30. He switched to higher numbers as he finds them exciting. Going from 109 to 110 was challenging, but he picked up the trend starting from 111. At school, they are going up to 100, so he figuring out numbers past 100 was a great achievement. He stayed focused way past the hour, and this was a major win for this session!"
"We worked on writing sentences with the words that she learned in class. Then we really focused in on her counting and number recognition. I had her pick numbers for me and I paired them up and she picked which one was bigger and smaller. We also did the same with recognizing odd and even numbers. I think it helps to have her pick the numbers since she feels more engaged in the process."
"Yesterday we had a very good class, we went over the literary texts: memoirs, poetry, and drama. He feels more comfortable with their characteristics. We also analyzed, The Road not Taken. He did pretty well with imagery and metaphors. We learned a new type which was realistic fiction. He knew the characteristics already. He is really a hard worker!"
"Student 1 traced and identified spelling words, identified and practiced writing "b" and "d" and corresponding words, and wrote "Bb" and "Dd" several times while saying them. Student 2 reviewed and wrote spelling words, finished reading comp worksheet--very good, and practiced writing "b" and "d.""
"Today we worked on the homework for the week. We counted to 75, wrote numbers with fill in the blanks, counted dots on dominoes and matched them to numbers, and read words and letters. We also did a sight word search, and she found every word herself today. After this, we read two stories. I had her compare the stories and tell me which one she liked better and why. We drew our favorite scene from each of the stories to wrap up our discussion."
"Today she was excited about reading and writing, so I used the opportunity to get as much done as possible. It is great to catch a day where she is totally on task. We worked on simple letter sounds and spelling monosyllable words."
"The student spent this time reading and completing activities, such as locating hidden objects in a picture and identifying items that did not belong in the picture."
"We began by reviewing the literary terms that he needs to master. He's doing well with those, although continued practice would be a good idea to make sure he's solid with them and to increase the number of examples he's identified accurately. Then, he did a passage in one of the workbooks. He had all the questions correct. So, for his reward, I let him play a few minutes with the dimensional jigsaw puzzle. He really likes that, and, despite the level of concentration required, he relaxes and enjoys himself. He's quite good at these puzzles, though they are difficult for most people. Next, he did another passage, which he did well on. To finish, we again reviewed terms."