Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on his reading, recognition and sounds of letters. Afterwards, we worked on his ability to interpret in his own words what he and I read and talked about. I am also working on his attention deficit; I allowed his younger cousin to sit with us and suddenly the student became the younger cousin's teacher. Whatever I said he repeated and assured himself that the younger cousin was learning it correctly. I saw his interest in playing teacher and used it to his advantage. His response to the session was productive as he retained the stories to teach his cousin and was able to answer the questions relating to the story very well."
"Both students worked in the reading workbook today. Student 1 did very well following the directions. They worked on making inferences by choosing a title that best fit the short story they read. Student 2 did very well with this part. He is improving on his recall of words while reading. He is able to sound out the words when he forgets, with little help this session. He should continue practicing with his flashcards and reading stories throughout the week. He is also remembering more to point at the words that he is reading, this will help to lessen any insertion mistakes and help him focus more on the word."
"The student and I spent our session this week focusing on reading. She was able to read two whole books on her own (from the shared reading level). Her confidence is building with each successful book, and she is showing really good sounding out skills. We will continue to work on strategies for decoding, like chunking up words and covering the parts with your finger. She is good at doing this when prompted, but she needs to begin to do it on her own. We spent some time reviewing sight words and practicing writing them. She has grown in her sight word knowledge since last week! We will continue to track these each week so we can see her progress."
"This session began again with 30 minutes of review regarding the student's writing assignment from last week. I noted that there seemed to be an issue with my not specifying a minimum length, so that was corrected for this week's assignment. We reviewed basic sentence structure and I had her go over a worksheet I prepared to practice identifying/ correcting sentence fragments. We also briefly touched on dependent clauses, articles, and prepositions, and will be reviewing them more next week. She went above and beyond on her assignments today, so I gave her some stickers and gel pens to commemorate her work. She is getting better at understanding grammar as an abstract concept and identifying sentence structures, but will need to continue to practice before this will start showing in her writing."
"Today, we worked on spelling words and reading. I laid out about 9-15 letters on the table and asked the student to spell out some words that she has learned in school already. We also began reading a book called "Hooray, a Pinata." I read the words she didn't know and allowed her to read the words she did know. I think reminders of spelling words like I gave her will allow her to remember the spelling words well."
"We looked at the differences between SAT writing prompts and ACT writing prompts. The student completed a practice timed ACT prompt in order to understand the differences in the kinds of questions and the evidence needed to respond. Overall, she is a strong writer with good organizational skills. We can continue to work on improving overall sophistication in vocabulary and sentence structure."