Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began working with the phonics book that the first student ordered, and I think it will be a wonderful addition to our lessons. Student 2's progress has seen marked in this one lesson alone with the book, and it is a more fun way to approach lessons. I anticipate that I will advise that we order the next workbook in the series once we finish this one. I assigned one page of homework from the book by our next class."
"The student and I read a short non-fiction text about mummification today and he improved his fluency by 35 seconds after the third read through. He also easily scored a 10/10 on the comprehension questions! Then, we read another chapter in No Summit Out of Sight and discussed it. I assigned three chapters of reading to him, along with a paragraph summary of each chapter. He should do his reading aloud to practice his fluency and expression."
"The student talked to me for the first few minutes of the session about his spelling words and how he felt like this week's words were easy for him - and indeed he spelled them all correctly when I quizzed him. We played the game with the colored squares and the words, and he seemed to like it a lot. It is the most enthusiastic I have seen him about spelling yet. Some of the words are challenging for him, which is good. He is making a lot of progress, and I am happy to see that he is more enthusiastic than he was in the beginning. He asks a lot of questions, which is also great!"
"Today, the student practiced words from her new sight word list. She still needs to practice sight reading (yellow, three, where, two). We also completed a workbook page on short and long e words such as (leaf, each, peach) and (egg, sled, bed). She also learned that 'ea' in words is pronounced as long e. Tomorrow we will continue to move along with her sight word list. We should get through her next few lists faster. She's doing a great job!"
"Today, the student reviewed concepts from the second book that she has read this summer, Paper Towns by John Green. In today's session, she reviewed vocabulary, summarized each section of the book, completed a graphic organizer detailing the various conflicts within the book, and answered nine in-depth discussion questions. She does a great job of completing her homework and following the schedule that we set at the end of each section. She sometimes struggles to synthesize themes within the book, but she is able to organize these themes more clearly when using a graphic organizer, which I will be incorporating into future sessions. For our next session, she will read and create a vocabulary list and periodic (every five chapters) summaries for the book The Road by Cormac McCarthy. If she finishes this book prior to our next session, she will complete the same assignments for the book Atonement by Ian McEwan."
"Today, the student started our session by reviewing what we have read so far in her summer reading book. She was able to recall the major events and provide good details, which I thought was really impressive considering the depth of the book. We then read a Q Level book about football, a subject she picked out. She answered the comprehension questions with an 83% accuracy, and the text was a 3rd text. She also used some of our reading strategies that we went over in our last session, such as connection to self, questioning, and predictions."