Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In my session with the student we focused on reading comprehension, specifically, referring to the text when answering questions. We used two grade level texts, with which she was successful."
"This was my first session with the student, so we spent some time discussing what sort of books he likes to read, looking over his book projects from the end of fourth grade and completing an informal diagnostic of his understanding of literary elements (theme, internal and external conflict, characterization, setting). He was familiar with theme, but needed a brief tutorial about characterization and the types of conflict. We reviewed summarizing and identifying themes across a novel. We then began working on active reading strategies called "signposts" where the reader stops when he/she notices one of the following signs: contrast/contradiction, "aha" moment, memory moment, tough question, words of the wiser, or again and again. During our first session we practiced identifying a contrast/contradiction (and the student learned both of these terms), when the character behaves in an unexpected way. This is a sign for the reader to then stop and ask, "why is the character doing this?" and then make an inference on a post-it note. The inference helps the reader understand character development, emerging themes, and/or internal conflicts in the story. He read a story aloud to me, and we stopped and monitored his thinking on post-its. His homework was to finish the story and begin practicing this strategy with this new novel."
"The student read a 5th grade reading selection out loud, and we discussed unknown vocabulary and prefixes. He also answered 8 comprehension questions and wrote out the answers in complete sentences."