Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's reading session, the student read half of Chapter 4 of "Flat Stanley." This chapter is longer than the previous chapters, so we broke it up. While we read, I asked him questions about what was happening in the story, which he was usually able to answer correctly. Next, we did some sight word practice with flashcards. He only struggled with two out of 100 words. We worked on something new today as well. Sometimes if he is struggling to sound out a word, I help him out by saying "the "a" makes the long "a" sound, etc., but I noticed that he often mixed up the long and short vowel sounds. I reviewed what the difference was between the two sounds, then we did a worksheet I had, which gave him practice with words with silent "e" and long vowel sounds (ex. if you add a silent "e" to the end of "tap," the word is now "tape" and the "a" is a long "a" instead of a short one). We then used the whiteboards to practice writing and reading words with short and long vowel sounds (especially ones with "a," "e" and "i"). He could read most of the words I wrote (sometimes after a second try), but when I would ask if the vowel sound was long or short, he would usually answer incorrectly. I modeled some words for him and explained how I could tell if the vowel was long or short, then he practiced with some more words. At the end of the session, he did much better and was able to read the word, identify if the vowel sound was long or short, and tell me how he knew it was long or short."
"Session went well. We did some get-acquainted exercises and several reading and writing exercises. Although he is technically "on level" according to the latest tests, he is really on level by "a hair" and will benefit from the tutoring to help him move more solidly into a third grade reading level to keep him from falling behind as the year progresses and to maintain/increase his comprehension overall."
"The student has a test next week on a chapter in the book "Johnny Tremain." We started rereading the chapter aloud and discussing main points, vocabulary words, and characters' actions."
"During our session today, the student and I reviewed her science worksheets she completed in school. As I read through the questions, she had to provide the correct answer. At the end of the session, we completed a few word problems. Her understanding of multiple-step word problems is improving. She was able to complete a portion of the problem without difficulty, but subsequent steps presented more difficulty. This is particularly true for multi-digit multiplication and long division problems. She continuously performs well with addition word problems, but we need to continue to work on these operations. Overall, we had a good session, and as always, her attitude was great."
"During our session, we mostly worked on studying and reviewing the vocab words that the student wrote down on notecards last Thursday. He would benefit from studying more thoroughly and writing down sentences for each word. His focus was better during this session. We will continue working on vocab to help him with ACT reading."
"During the session I had the student read a short story. Then she had to complete a worksheet to help determine how much she comprehended. She answered 4 out of 5 questions correctly. The issue is that sometimes she reads too fast. Therefore, she is missing key words, which makes it more difficult for her to understand. We also worked on sight words. Then we spent a few minutes reading a book of her choosing. During this session, she chose a book that was significantly beyond her grade level. It was amazing seeing her enthusiasm for reading. That's a significant change since August. My recommendation is that the parents continue to encourage the student to want to read for fun."