Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our first session. The student and I worked primarily on his reading. He seemed to be very confident with his Calvin and Hobbes book and needed little to no help with this. I believe that this is a text he has read before, so that may help. We also worked on a portion of his homework where he needed to read a non-fiction book. We read about dinosaurs in his science book. I felt that his fluency was good and that he could pronounce many of the worlds."
"We did some of the student's homework, "L-blending" words. We worked on reading comprehension and how to listen to key details. We also played memory with 1st grade sight words."
"In today's session, the student read 19 pages (a little more than half) of the book "Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over." This book has more challenging vocabulary than books we have previously worked with, but he was able to get through it pretty well. Some sentences she was able to read correctly straight through, and for ones with difficult words, she was able to eventually sound them out with some help. We finished the lesson practicing vocabulary using a worksheet that focused on the CVC pattern in words. We discussed rules that go along with this pattern and practiced reading and writing words with this pattern. She did pretty well in today's lesson."
"Today, the student and I worked intensively on his spelling sight words. I broke them down with missing letters for him to fill in, and he practiced reading them and finally writing them."
"The student had two reading comprehension papers to complete. I had him read out loud one paragraph at a time. I showed him how to highlight important information after reading each paragraph to help him remember what he has read. With time, I am confident his reading comprehension will improve if he slows down and practices good habits as he reads."
"The student and I finished our discussion of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. We talked about the theme of grief and how the author uses a nine-year-old boy's perspective to discuss the grieving process. She's also been reading The Mortal Instruments, so we talked a bit about that and looked at Cassandra Clare's writing style versus that of Safran Foer. We talked about how that latter's is more style-driven and focused on the complexities of the English language. We did a writing exercise in which I asked her to write a short story using the style of each author."