Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had the student review the last set of phonetic blends by reading "non-sense" blends with a mixture of short and long vowels. He did an amazing job. Then we worked on a new set of phonetic blends, reading words that have those blends, checking for comprehension of the definitions. I had him do a "speed drill" to see how he would read. He did well! We finished off reading a few more pages of "Polar, the Titanic Bear"."
"At first, we reviewed the student's reading homework as assigned by his homeroom teacher. They are using a homework basal reader, and companion workbook. Because the story and the accompanying questions were focusing on understanding characters, I choose to introduce an activity of similar topic. We also talked about how the events in a story can be directly affected by a character's actions and behaviors. We completed the first question set together, and the student was successful. It was a solid session."
"Tonight, we reviewed through the spelling list we did on Monday. The student spelled each word and used each word appropriately in a sentence. The student did a great job with this. We also did a few activities in the spelling book, in which the student proofread sentences and pointed out the misspelled word, followed by correctly spelling the word. The student did a great job of this. We then moved to reading. I could immediately notice that the student's reading confidence had grown, and attempted sounding out words that were new to him, instead of skipping them/not trying to pronounce them. After helping the student out with a word, the student did not make the same mistake again. I tried a new method in which I read a paragraph aloud, and then he followed up by reading the same paragraph. This method was extremely successful, as he immediately improved his reading (more fluent, and pronunciation was much clearer). Unfamiliar words were read with better speed, more confidence, and pronunciation was much better. I will use this method again moving forward, as I see this helped the student out. We also read from a reading comprehension book, and the student did a great job with the reading. The student's comprehension was tested by questions which followed the reading, as well as my own questions. The student did a great job with all the questions he faced."
"I completed the student's last tutoring session yesterday. We worked on multiplication for a while, and used the rest of the time to play some educational games on multiplication and rounding with decimals. I had a great time tutoring him. He is extremely smart and I know if he continues to focus and challenge himself, he will continue to be an amazing student!"
"The student and I went over his favorite hobbies and favorite foods. He was very motivated, enthusiastic, and ready to learn. All of the words that he was familiar with were put into a song that he could sing to familiarize himself with new vocabulary. I left him with the songs that we compiled together. By the end of the session, he was able to verbalize greetings and the date, and he was able to tell me "Bye, see you tomorrow," without any assistance."
"While reading with this student, I tried a different method to get him to read more independently. He enjoys singing and making music, so I allowed him to sing the words of the story, rather than simply reading it normally. He was so pleased with this and desired the chance to show off his singing abilities, that he read about five pages of the story on his own - far longer than he has ever willingly done. Not only did he willingly read, he only needed me to provide him with about two or three of the larger words - all others, he sounded out on his own. He did not read each of these perfectly, but he is relying on his own abilities, which is a great improvement! After this, we worked on reading a few more tongue twisters. The tongue twisters are difficult to read aloud and thus strengthen his skills, but he perseveres with it because he views it as enjoyable."