Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the student's homework and ELA practice book for the entire session. She has improved greatly with her reading comprehension. She reads well aloud and catches her mistakes more quickly. She is attentive to vocabulary and picks up definitions. Her writing showed improvement as well. She made a couple of mistakes, but recognized them and corrected them without prompting. She can effectively use punctuation, internal clauses, and contractions in sentences."
"Today the student and I read two stories that I let him choose from the library. Today my goal was to track his comprehension and to monitor how focused he could stay for a certain amount of time. He reads really well and understands what he is reading. Comprehension skills are great. He is very self alert. Today was a really good session. We bonded and had more fun today than we ever had."
"The student's ELA exam is coming up, so we focused this lesson on preparing for the exam. We read stories in the prep book and then made graphic organizers to answer the short paragraph questions. I helped her better visualize how to structure the graphic organizers and pointed to her how to answer the questions directly using the graphic organizers. I helped her combine the new method with her usual writing style. Overall, I think she is ready for the standardized exam -- she is doing very well with the comprehension and multiple choice questions, and her writing is on par with 3rd grade writing techniques."
"The student picked up a book that she had apparently had out from the night before, when she had gone through lots of books to help her fall asleep. The one she picked up was simple, a bit below her reading level, but she was enthusiastic about reading it. Since that doesn't happen very often, I let her read it anyway. She flew through it, pausing only to show the class of stuffed animals the pictures. She then chose a few stuffed animals from the class to read the book, as well. Each one had a distinct voice, and she even made mistakes on purpose so she could correct the "students." Eventually I requested another book, and she obliged. She did well paying attention. I noted that she self-corrected when she stumbled on the word take; I'm quite proud of that."
"The student practiced reading fluency by reading a passage and completing a fluency puzzle. She also worked on Greek word roots. She learned definitions of the roots, discussed words that have the root in them, and completed a close reading using Greek word roots."
"The student read 2 books today. She read one book on her instructional level G. The other book was good for her, although it had a lot of words, there was repetition. We reviewed her word study words and worked on writing. She did very well."