Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on finding the main idea by reading several body paragraphs on an essay and constructing a good conclusion paragraph. We also worked on vocabulary and homographs."
"The student did a great job with the readers that I brought today. Her fluency is increasing along with her confidence."
"We covered general comprehension questions and high order thinking problems where the student needed to explain her answers. General comprehension questions are questions where you can look back at the text and find the answer. High order thinking questions on the other hand are questions where you assess students' abilities to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate. One example of a higher order question she had to answer today was "Do you think it was dangerous for Justin and Mary to venture out onto the boat dock? Explain your answer." She responded "Yes! Because the author said it was foggy outside and they could accidently slip and fall in the water." We used the short story "Foggy Figure" by Kelly Hashway for this lesson. From now on I plan to have at least two short stories with questions for her to work on answering general and higher order thinking questions. This might better prepare her for how to respond to a variety of questions she might come across on future tests. We also were able to wrap up Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Dav Pilkey. This was a level P text. The student took a reading test on the book once we finished. She correctly answered all of the questions, but had to reread to recall some of the information. This was the longest book we've read so far at 172 pages. To help her endurance I recommended to her to check out some more of the Captain Underpants series."