Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I coached the student through studying for a "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" Chapter 1 reading quiz he was retaking. The teacher had printed out some good chapter summaries and extra copies of the quiz for us to use. I started by having him take the quiz again. I made note of which questions that he had trouble with, and praised him for those he got right. Then, we read the Chapter 1 summary together, taking turns every other sentence. I underlined phrases that were directly related to quiz questions and asked comprehension check questions as we read. Afterward, I had him take the quiz again. He only missed one question this time. We reviewed this by reading the relevant part of the summary again. Taking a break from reading, I coached him through a couple grammar worksheets about using apostrophes for possession and contractions. With the remaining time, I coached him in filling out a graphic organizer of various character names matched with character descriptions and reading a summary of Chapter 2. The hope is that this summary will better prepare him for the next reading quiz."
"The student and I read a book today. We have been reading comic books until now, since they have dynamic illustrations yet contain challenging words, but it was good to see the student's abilities in the context of a chapter book with only a few pictures. He has an active imagination."
"We worked on reviewing the student's PowerPoint for her book report on Tuesday. She outlined the basics for each slide but needs to condense to key points for the slides. Also highlighting key things with bold type and colors will help draw attention to appropriate places on the slide. We noted things to be fixed on the slides and started writing out her details and explanations for her note cards that need to be orally presented during the presentation. She needs to identify the key points in the story and describe them. She also needs to explain her choices. She has a lot of work to do today and tomorrow to get her presentation ready. She will be fixing her slides, writing the details and explanations on her note cards, and on the summary and favorite part slides, and emailing it to me for review. She has also been directed to give at least one oral presentation practice to her parents to prepare."
"Our first session working at the library went great. We started with an activity where the student had to choose between two homophones to complete sentences. This basically meant that she had to correctly connect different ways of spelling the same vowel sounds to the different meanings of two words that sound the same. She did a great job with this activity, getting most of the answers right on the first try, and catching her own mistakes with minimal prompting from me. Next, we did two similar activities where she had to choose the correct vowel sounds to complete sentences, and finally we did one activity where she had to fill in the correct vowels to complete individual words within sentences. Throughout all of these activities, she was very accurate, and did a great job of correcting her own mistakes with no more than a slight prompt from me. We finished up with a couple of stories. She read me two short stories she had written in school, and then we read an adult picture book about the power of service sector jobs."
"In our first session on Sunday, the student and I became acquainted with one another via a question and answer session related to interests, strengths, and weaknesses. Information gathered during our discussion will be used to inform the selection of reading material and planning for future sessions. Pre-assessments were completed in the areas of reading fluency and comprehension. Comprehension strategies, like numbering paragraphs, reading questions prior to the passage, and identifying the location of an answer for a given question, were practiced. Future sessions will continue to focus on reading comprehension and reading fluency and also incorporate vocabulary development and reading decoding."
"During this session, we practiced reading and comprehension skills. The student completed a few activities out of a reading practice book. We also reviewed vocabulary. For the final portion of the session, I had her write a story using 5 vocabulary words we covered. Her writing is improving, and she is beginning to use more detail. Overall, the session went well."