Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I have opted to focus on the key event(s) for each chapter and use it increasingly as a review as we prepare for each new session. I will discuss with him, and I will write his responses. We took turns reading pages for the first chapter, and he did a good job understanding and locating answers to the comprehension questions."
"The student and I first went over her math homework and worked on equivalent fractions. Then we read her book aloud ("Anastasia On Her Own") and summarized what happened in her reading log."
"During this session, the student and I reviewed the events of chapters 7 and 8 from "War Horse." We then talked about the importance of him strengthening his reading comprehension skills. First, I had him break down and define reading comprehension. The working definition that we came up with is that strong reading comprehension skills mean the reader is able to easily understand the plot, character descriptions, and thematic elements of the text he or she is reading and is able to retain and discuss what he or she reads. We then read a sample paragraph from the test and answered multiple choice questions, which all challenged his reading comprehension skills. I encouraged him to read the multiple choice questions before he reads the passage when he takes tests because then his reading will have a direction and focus. I also showed him how to annotate the text by underlining key plot points and thematic details. He then read a sample paragraph and answered multiple choice questions on his own. He answered all questions correctly except for one. I then stressed the point of understanding exactly what's asked of him when taking a test and also the importance of carefully reading instructions."
"Letter work: identification of symbol/sound correspondence, formation of letters, matching pictures with beginning sounds; fine motor skills- chalk work, introduction of pencil grip and proper finger positioning; fine motor skills development - stickers, outdoor/indoor chalk writing; introduce phonemes- identifying individual sounds in words; introduction of syllables."
"The student and I spent most of the session playing an interactive game in which she used letter flashcards to blend/read several different consonant-vowel sounds and CVC words. We focused on the "short a" sound and practiced with the consonants f, p, m, t, c, s, g, and n. She then practiced reading the two stories I assigned her for the week, "The Cat Sat" and "The Mat." I saw much improvement in the way she blended the words. I will continue to work with her on taking her time and not trying to guess what the next word will be before she reads it."
"The student and I went over her spelling words. She did a lot better with the words this time. We played a phonics game, which she enjoyed a lot more. Her focus improved as the lesson went on."