Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I arrived at 9 a.m., and the student and I first took some time to go over his 3rd grade test results, which indicated that he scored at a basic level with a score of 386. I attempted to have him recall any emotions or state of mind that he had before, during or after the test, but he was unable to tell me more than he felt "good" and "ok". My goal for him is to be successful and pass the spring test and, consequently, improve his confidence and test-taking skills. I chose to have him begin working on some reading activities found at online, mainly because it is much easier to preview the questions before reading the text, and the pieces of text tested on are more compact. We spent a bit of time discussing purposes for reading and the difference between reading for fun and reading in order to be able to answer comprehension questions. I related the latter to being like a scavenger hunt, since for a scavenger hunt, you must have a list of items for which you are seeking before the hunt to begin. Previewing the questions before reading the text is much like reviewing the scavenger hunt list before setting out to find the items. We completed one story together, and then I allowed him to complete one pretty much on his own. The score for the one we did together was 100%, while the one he completed on his own was 92%. I requested that he complete at least 2 more stories before our next meeting on 12/26."
"I checked the students' homework I gave them in the writing workbook. They had to pick a topic (they picked, "A Day At the Beach") and write a sentence on what happened first, second, and last on their topic and then take their sentences and write a rough draft and then check any mistakes and write a final draft. We then covered words that sound the same but are spelled different and also have different meanings. We worked on hear, here, deer, and dear. They had to put the word in a correct sentence, as well as write their own sentence using the four words. They did a great job on this. I gave them homework on what we covered but using no, know, to, too, and two. I then checked their homework in the reading comprehension workbook. They both summarized the story, so it would help them to remember the questions at the end of the story. Student A only got 1 question wrong, which was a tricky question, and Student B got the same question incorrect, as well as couple others incorrect. We went over in the story what the correct answers should be. I had them read the next story and answer the questions. They both did a good job. I gave them homework in the reading comprehension workbook to read the next story, summarize the story, and answer the questions. When I was done with my session, I spoke to the mother and told her they needed extra practice with writing a story when they pick a topic, as they both didn't add enough detail, they only copied their sentences on the rough draft. So I told her next week when I come, I will pick a topic for them to practice writing including having them practice writing more detail. I also told her they did summarize the story after they read it."
"We practiced reading comprehension and writing today. We went over the concept of paraphrasing and how it can be used as a testing strategy. We also discussed context clues. The lesson involved reading, writing, speaking and listening."