Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I began the student's session by administering a standardized reading test, the same one I did on our first day of tutoring (though with different stories). I gauged her prior knowledge of content, had her read the stories aloud, retell the story as accurately as possible, and then asked her questions (both implicit and explicit). She answered nearly every one of the questions correctly. At first, her retellings were a bit scant; she would recall ideas and several details, but not retell whole sections of the story. However, when asked probing questions, she was able to recall facts and ideas with 90% accuracy. We then read from The Secret Garden. We discussed, based on textual evidence, how the character of Mary was feeling and changing. We worked on trying to understand why Mary acted certain ways and what was making her change (loneliness, new acquaintances, etc.). The student is improving at identifying possible meanings of unknown phrases or words, based on context. We then did a reading comprehension exercise, which required her to read and answer 12 questions. She remembered to read questions first, skim for keywords, and pay attention to sequence. The reading, which was on John Dickinson, was slightly more challenging, but she had very few misreads. Finally she did her speed reading (260+ wpm) and vocabulary. She got an A+ on the word-definition matching exercise. She does well eliminating answer choices. She generalizes when retelling a story; sometimes this is beneficial, as she tries to focus on the overall idea/message of the text. I would encourage her to also focus on elaborating on an idea with facts/support. When it comes to answering questions about a reading, she has habitually answered at least 90% of questions correctly in very different contexts. She seems to have a good ability to understand and retain text. I will compare her results from this session's testing to her initial testing, and review it with her and her parents on Thursday."
"Today, we got familiar with each other, and I had him do a few 'read alouds' of excerpts online for me to gauge his level and plan accordingly for our upcoming sessions. The issue he struggles with the most, according to him, is reading too fast and skipping over important contextual information. He actually did not seem to have too much trouble with this during our session, but this could also have been because he was on "high alert" because of the nature of being in a tutoring session. He also seemed to have some issues keeping tabs of where he'd left off in the reading. When I would scroll the page up he would often read the same part over again. This issue could also have been due to the reading being on my computer, however, and not reflective of any issue he has keeping his place. For our next sessions, I plan to continue having him complete various readings that are below, at, and a little beyond his current level. I also plan on incorporating the book 'The Giver' into our lessons so there is some variety to what we're doing and so that he has things he can be working on at home or in school. He seems like a really bright kid, and I have no doubts his reading will be up to speed in no time!"
"We met at the library. We began reading articles aloud on famous soccer players. This was to increase his level of fluency. We then looked at 7th grade vocabulary/dolce words for phonics and pronunciation. We finalized the time reading independently and recognizing the main idea of the passage. I'm noticing that he struggles a bit with multi-syllabic words. We need to have him take his time while sounding out unfamiliar words."