Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Upon introductions the student's mother and I discussed his progress this year and his teachers' concerns about his lack of fluency and comprehension. The student and I spent an hour using the online program where I signed him up and we began the reading placement test. I asked him to read aloud several times, and as he answered questions I also asked him why he chose particular responses. He and I identified three things that he needs to work on. First of all, he needs to practice reading out loud, particularly passages with which he is comfortable and confident. Secondly, he needs to be aware that when he reads and comes across difficult words, that is okay to stop and decode the words so that the sentence makes sense. Finally, we discussed how reading certain passages or phrases out loud can help clarify their purpose or meaning. Very often when he chose the wrong answer for comprehension questions it was because he misread the question and was fooled by the attractive distractor."
"Today I helped the student with her new book club book. As she read, I helped her with new vocabulary and historical figures. We then discussed the book's theme. I suggested that she should try drawing and writing to some classical music."
"Today, I checked their homework in the reading comprehension workbook. They both had some answers that needed to be corrected. We went back to the story and found the correct answers. I told the children they need to either summarize the story or use sticky notes to write down the important facts about the story in order for them to remember the story when answering the questions. I then had them read the next story and answer the questions and they both did a nice job on it. I gave them homework in the reading booklet to read the next story and answer the questions and I told them they need to summarize the story to help them answer the questions. I then checked their homework in the writing workbook. They had homework on when to use commas. They did a nice job putting commas after the date, town or city, listings, and before quotes are used. We then did a lesson in the writing workbook on picking an adventure topic and writing what happens first, next, and last. Their homework I gave them was to take their sentences on their topic and write a rough draft story and then check it and write a final draft. I also told them they not only needed to copy their sentences, but to use more detail on their sentences. I explained to them they picked a good topic as there is a lot of detail that can be added. I will check their homework next week to see how well they did on their topic."