Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began working on the student's fluency today. I used word flashcards and sight word lists to practice her word recognition. Then we practiced reading aloud from one of the 2nd grade level books that I supplied. She especially enjoyed the word flashcards and was enthusiastic about using them. The 2nd grade level book was a tiny bit challenging, but she did a good job of sounding out new words."
"The student did well in her session tonight. She practiced number sprints (times addition equations), read and answered comprehension questions and wrote her vocabulary words in alphabetical order. I was impressed by her retention of plot summary in previous books we had read and her answers to questions for the book we read that session. I look forward to our next session."
"The student was focused and read very well. There were a number of hard words, and she was able to sound them out with only a little help. She enjoyed the story too. When we finished that book, she got another book which didn't really have a story, but on each page there was action and words to say, sometimes with the same beginning consonant blends. Again she read with a good deal of fluency. When we finished that we played a couple of games, one of which she had to spell out the names of characters. She told me the name and I sounded out the letters for her to write. I left her with a book about a princess and her pet bunny to read with her mother."
"To begin today, the student completed the rest of the order of operations for parentheses, multiplication, addition, and subtraction. She was struggling some when changing between operations, and her multiplication facts are not as solid as one would want by then end of 3rd grade. She tries to do the work in her head sometimes for two steps, and makes a mistake in the computation due to this mental work. For the reading today, she struggled a little with the structure of the story Mariana and the Three Coyotes. She was truthful in her confusion and asked me to explain a few parts. This shows she is trying to comprehend during the reading, which is excellent. She worked on a story ending today in the session, which she worked on right until the end of the session. We will work on editing it in our next session as well as covering the troublesome areas from today."
"To begin, the student and I worked on personification. I left homework on this. We then moved onto our new chapter book. First, he made a few predictions, then we worked on some vocabulary he will encounter while reading using context clues to derive the meaning. He orally read chapters 1-3 and filled out the summary. Last, we moved onto test-taking strategies. A few strategies seem to have become automatic (read the questions first and highlight what is important and read each answer). Work still needs to be done with thinking about how each answer could be presented in the text as well as what is actually being asked in each question. The student was cooperative and engaged throughout the session"
"To start off our session, I gauged the student's phonics and writing level. She knows all her sounds fluently and writes her letters at a level that is appropriate for her age. We then start working on CVC words, starting with the short vowel sounds A and E. We practiced some words, and then she was given letter cards to put the words together herself. We then started on number fluency with subitizing cards. We then practiced adding the cards together. Moving forward, we will continue to gain fluency with CVC words and move forward with showing math with manipulatives."