Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"To begin, the student read aloud Chapter 3 from Arthur and the Poetry contest. We discussed actions and words of the characters that give the reader information. She continued by reading aloud Chapter 4 and noting unfamiliar vocabulary words on index cards. A word she studied explicitly with pronunciation, context clues and careful spelling was "relieved." The student knew the meaning after pronouncing "relieved" correctly, stating the example: "thank goodness." She then continued reading a passage called "Science Friction." She was directed not to worry about parts she did not understand, rather to keep reading and understand other parts. She need only use what she comprehends and can support -- there is no one right answer. She made a correct prediction while she read showing excellent understanding (comprehension). She used a highlighter to mark important words and actions. The student spoke and then wrote complete sentences about the character "George" with prompting. She has excellent recall of details, was able to find evidence in the text and made correct inferences, stating "George is usually quiet" (because) "he nodded a lot." She compared this "quiet" character with Fern in the Arthur book. The student is producing excellent work with support. I will continue to combine learning rich content and structures of language with practicing test-taking strategies."
"Tonight we covered reading and science. We began new reading material as well as a new science chapter. In reading, the student read a story about a school talent show. He continues to show great confidence in his reading. I have noticed that he has become more aware of quotations, and changes the pitch of his voice, and uses appropriate pauses to illustrate that a character just spoke. Previously, he had struggled with this, but as his reading confidence has grown, he has now been able to work at the other elements of reading, separating everything out. His reading comprehension continues to improve as well. He continues to exhibit patience in his reading, when sounding out a word. During tonight's session, I did not have to correct his pronunciation of new words, he was able to correctly pronounce a word, despite not knowing what the definition may be. After reading each paragraph, I tested his reading comprehension by asking for key subjects which he just read as well as for a summary of what he just read. We then moved onto science- machines: pulleys and levers. He had previously completed a definition homework assignment, and we reviewed through the homework together. Next, we started reading through the material. This material has already proven to be challenging for him as a lot of hands on visual examples are required to appropriately teach him the material. The chapter did offer many challenging topics. After providing physical examples of the purpose of a pulley, and the function of a lever he was able to more easily understand the material. We will review through this same material again next week to reinforce what he and I reviewed during our session as a well as what he is learning in class. He did a great job tonight, we was laughing and smiling throughout the session. Great job tonight!"
"My first session with the student went very well! She was a bit shy at first, but by the end, we were talking and working together comfortably. We went over her homework that she had already completed (I helped her with some editing) and did two practice reading exercises from a supplemental book. I told her she did an awesome job, and I will see her again in two weeks!"