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The student first played a game with his sight reading flashcards. This game tested his ability to recognize and identify a word among other words, and also to do it quickly. He is getting much better at his sight words. Next he read some pages from the workbook. He did great and was able to read some big words! He also remembered and recalled words from the last session that he had just learned, such as "raccoon." Then as a reward, he played a reading game on the computer. He is doing great, and coming along with learning his words and reading sentences without any help!
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The student and I continued going over his sight words. He's really good at sounding words out. We had a great time with out sight word games, and we'll continue to play them as he does really well with them.
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Today we practiced sight words for this week's quiz, tomorrow. We used index cards and a dry erase board to practice spelling and reading them. The student read the cards to me, and I corrected pronunciation and made sure he could read the word. He read the cards to me as I spelled them, and then we switched roles. I read the cards to him and he spelled them out. We repeated this about 4 or 5 times, with increasing difficulty. We read his book of the day, from his school library, as well as a book that I brought in. We finished the session with a final review of the sight words. I tried to simulate the speed and pronunciation of the words as they would be on the quiz. I reviewed his progress sheet and took note of areas of improvement.
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Costa Mesa, CA English tutoring
The student finished her fashion article for history about Puritan clothing. She added another two paragraphs to make the page requirement and then proofread what she'd done so far. She works very hard on her schoolwork. Her ideas are great and it is a pleasure to tutor her.
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I had the student sit down and write a paper in 40 minutes today. She was able to fully complete the paper, and it had decent grammar and organization. However, her organization could have been better. Her writing has markedly improved and is downright excellent when she has time to write, but she still has difficulty under timed conditions. I reiterated the need to use outlines when doing timed writing and to organize her thoughts before writing, even if it takes five or ten minutes out of her time. If she can do that, I believe she'll do much better.
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Costa Mesa, CA English tutoring
The student was assigned reading questions on the latest book her class was reading. We discussed key components of the book (characters, setting, plot), and I had her explain to me what each component was in relation to the book. We then discussed how to best answer the comprehension questions her teacher had asked. She then wrote her responses in complete sentences. We worked on reading aloud and discussed what certain words taken from the text meant ("crew", "gathered", "biplane") and how they were important to the story. We will continue working on deciphering overarching themes in texts and not getting hung up on specific details in future sessions.
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