Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I read through her reading book. She only had one book for us to read this week and she did so very well. We worked through one full math sheet and part of two other worksheets - 1 math and 1 reading. As always, she was very sweet to work with."
"For the first session I had him read out loud to gauge his reading level. I think he will benefit from phonics flashcard work for blends. I think more focused practice such as flashcards for phonics and sight words will tailor his focus to the reading. He picks up context well from the pictures and can figure out a lot of larger words. He does, however, tend to guess at some words instead of reading them all the way through. I think that starting him on similar level reading with less pictures will help him focus on the words more. I am also having him sound out words while tapping his fingers, which seems to help him focus on the sounds."
"I added 15 new words to the student's sight word list and she is reading them from flashcards with better accuracy and fluency. She has about 50 words now and she rarely needs to sound them out, which is great progress. We followed with a first reader. We also worked on initial blends with rhyming short vowel patterns and sentence dictation from the list of sight words and spelling words. She worked hard today and I was pleased with her progress."
"In today's session, the student worked on 'b' 'd' recognition. He was able to tell the difference between the two letters; however, he had concerns when he had to write the words. He also worked on presidential trivia for the first 5 presidents and named them all in order and a fact about each! He then read some sight word sentences."
"On Sunday, the student and I spent the first half of the session completing vocabulary homework which involved him constructing sentences made up of several appositives. The concept, while easy to understand in theory, was a little harder to implement in practice in a way that involved creativity and improvisation. Overall, he adapted well to the new material. Afterwards, we utilized the remainder of the session to review the aforementioned vocabulary words for an upcoming test that he has this week. In short, we were able to finish reviewing over two weeks' worth of homework in one sitting, freeing up the student's time for the remainder of his classes."
"Our first session was primarily a meet and greet, and it only lasted 30 minutes. We went over her homework for the night, and I spoke with the student's parents and her other tutor about learning style, homework, strengths and weaknesses, and current projects. Her parents printed off past work done by her so I can look over it and glean some knowledge on where she stands in school. I learned a lot about her and how she works, so I'm looking forward to our next session where we will begin work preparing for the assessment test."