Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we read the first chapter of an Encyclopedia Brown book. It is a significantly more challenging than the student is use to reading with me, but also much closer to the reading level he's at in school. I think after a few more exposures, he'll grow to enjoy this series, especially since he enjoyed the Cam Jansen books so much. Vocabulary was a struggle during the first chapter, so that is definitely something we'll focus on moving forward with these more difficult books. We went much slower, stopping every couple paragraphs to check comprehension. I encouraged him to monitor his own comprehension, suggesting that if he gets confused or doesn't understand what he's reading, that he slow down, re-read, use context clues, or finally ask for clarification from an adult."
"We worked on reading comprehension skills and did a math review of multiplication and regrouping subtraction. It was a good session."
"The student and I got to know one another during our first session. It was exciting to hear about his passion for parkour, and also get a sense for his reading and learning styles. He said he prefers to read fiction, but also loves reading how to do things (for example, the instruction manual for his new outdoor toy). I gave him a choice between a fiction and nonfiction text and he picked the fiction. He read the entire text aloud, misreading only one word, which he self-corrected. He clearly has been focused on pausing at punctuation and even acknowledged this himself later as a reading strength of his. He self-evaluated his fluency of the text as a 6/10 (with 1 being the highest and 10 being the lowest). The student then read the multiple choice questions aloud. We discussed marking out answers he knew were incorrect, and he clearly verbally reasoned through why these were illogical. We discussed underlining the main point of the question to ensure he understands the main idea on which the question is focused, before he attempts to answer it. He answered the questions from memory easily, however I encouraged him to refer to the text and underline his answers for the more complex questions. He self-evaluated his success with the comprehension questions, both multiple choice and short constructed response, as a 4/10 before grading his work. He then used the answer key to find he scored a 9/9 on the questions and seemed surprised. He seemed surprised by how much he enjoyed it. He shared it was a perfect length (the 3 1/2 double spaced pages took him 7:00 to read aloud) and he enjoyed that it was fiction and had a funny picture at the top. During our session, the student and I discussed his metacognition, or his thinking about his thinking. He clearly reasons through his logic, and is also very self reflective. He acknowledged that he sometimes zones out while he is reading (though he said this didn't happen today), and that this occurs more when he is reading aloud than when he is reading silently. I suggested that when he feels this happening, that he start the paragraph over to ensure he is comprehending. This was a great first session with the student, and I look forward to continuing to work with him. He elected next week to try a more challenging text. We will also graph the texts and his scores on the comprehension questions to track his progress."