Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session the student read the book "Go, Jade, Go!" She overall did well reading this book. I was impressed with her stamina, as it took the whole 1 hour session to get through the book. The book was fairly long (a beginning chapter book) and had quite a few words on the pages. She did a good job reading words by sight (ex. run, said, that) and sounded out many three or four letter words on her own correctly, without help. I helped her sound out more complicated words and just told her a few hard/long words that a first grader would not be expected to know (ex. complaining). She did a great job sounding out contractions (ex. wasn't). A few things I want to keep working on are th "b" and "d" sounds and words with the "sh" and "th" sounds."
"I started the session by having the student read a few sets of flash cards including short/long vowel, and blends. Then I had her read two comprehension passages and answer the corresponding questions. After that, I had her spell the words on the flash cards on a white board. I ended the session by letting her read a book she picked out at school, and then we discussed plot and theme."
"We started our work today on spelling and reading comprehension homework. The student then started working on parts of her short story. I advised her on how to develop more detail in the writing, which she took to really well."
"In our session today we focused on phonics. Before reading we reviewed the list of sight words. In addition to her list of sight words I added a couple more that she would see in the reading for today. The student had trouble blending words and decoding unknown words. Another strategy I used to help her decode words is breaking up the word into parts. She understood the concept, however it will take her some time to get used to the strategy. She had trouble with certain sounds such as /y/, /e/, /I/. I felt the reading level was a little above what she was reading, but I believe she will be successful with a push."
"In preparation for an upcoming science lab experiment, we came up with a hypothesis and answered questions about the metric system of measurements. We compared and contrasted the metric system to the customary system. We previewed measurements to be taken in the classroom, and discussed how to avoid making mistakes in the lab. For geography, we determined coordinates of longitude and latitude, and direction (north, south, east, west) based on plotted points on a world map. Finally, we read a chapter in the student's study tips book on how to improve reading comprehension. We discussed surveying material before reading, reading with a purpose, reviewing what you read, and teaching others. To complete the session, we came up with and recorded a list of five reasons the strategies are useful, and three reasons the strategies may be difficult to implement."
"In reading this week, the student and I worked on a worksheet for comprehension. The student was struggling with focusing during this session because she was not interested in the material we were working on, but she did manage to complete her worksheet. It's okay, kids have off days sometimes and this was one of hers. She knows that next time I see her, we're going to focus on comprehension and she needs to keep practicing."