Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began the session by having the student read a story and answer reading comprehension questions. I then had him write the story from the perspective of a different character. He did very well and has a great writing style for his age. Next, we went over vocabulary and reviewed definitions he did not know. Finally, he read aloud from Harry Potter and I provided a quiz at the end."
"We covered word recognition and word decoding skills. I had the student read flash cards of words he struggled with last session. From there, I was able to teach him strategies of how to decode the word. This session, he would sometimes read the word with the wrong ending. For example, neither was never. He has some readings to work on until I meet with him again on Thursday."
"This first session consisted of diagnostic testing to determine both students' strengths in weaknesses. Spelling, vocabulary, word identification, writing, and comprehension exercises were given. It was determined that student 1 and I will continue to work on writing paragraphs, spelling, and reading strategies for understanding. Student 2 and I will work on testing strategies and writing organization."
"The student is an absolute joy. We spent part of the session learning about each other and learning about the different ways which he likes to learn. We spent a good deal of time reading and using fun voices. When he came across a word he didn't know, I worked with him to show him how he can write the word down and then break it up into parts and sound it out. He's very diligent and excited about learning. We do need to increase his focus when reading as when he focuses, he's able to understand the word easily."
"Today we covered reading for information through illustrations, as well as longer stories and answering questions. The student is strong in reading and was able to navigate easily through these assignments. He had a good grasp on the material presented. We also worked on organizing multiplication problems and he is now able to keep numbers in line and knows the importance of checking work."
"Today in the first half of our session, the student and I reviewed multiplication facts of 6. He then moved on to multiplying 2 digits with 2 digits, which was a new concept that he learned. He did well and was eager to finish. During the second half, we worked on handwriting skills and read fiction and non-fiction passages. We worked on comprehension questions as well. Today's strategy was to place a "t" or an "I" in front of each question to distinguish whether the passage "told" us the answer, or if we had to use "inference" in order to get the answer. He than was asked to underline sentences from the passage if the answer was given to us."
"In this session, I did a couple running records to see what the students reading level was at to use as a guide for further instruction. Through a level I/J book, the student showed strength with decoding the words, but was typically slower which in turn effected her rate and fluency. Later in the session, we focused on vowels and vowel digraphs. I also had her reread material to build upon her rate."
"The first student and I worked on handwriting, phonics, and classifying words with the x, y, and z sounds. We also worked on the long 'a' sound in cloze passages, reading grade-level texts, and more. The second student and I worked on homophones, fiction vs. nonfiction, short 'a' and long 'a' sounds, identifying nouns vs. verbs vs. adjectives, and more. I told them to continue practicing reading with their parents. It was a great session."
"Worked with the student on inferring where to find information based on headings, sounding out words and inferring meaning, relating historical information to relevant personal experiences. Also worked on reviewing 1's and 2's times tables and learning the 3's. The student should spend a few minutes practicing daily to reinforce the new information. He works best when he does other tasks such as drawing or playing catch."
"We started off our session with a list of words on the whiteboard from the day's story. She was excited and immediately began to read before I had finished listing the words. Afterwards, we used the tiles to make words from the story."
"The student did well in her session on Thursday. We read Flat Stanley for 30 minutes, worked on a set of math problems for 20 minutes, and completed her word study assignment for the remaining 10 minutes. She is continuing to improve in comprehension and complex addition skills, but should give some special attention to her overall attitude towards the learning process. I would like to focus on emphasizing that it is okay to be confused about things, and that we can work as a team to figure problems out together. I look forward to working with her on this in our next session."
"Today we reviewed all letters and sounds covered previously including short vowels, consonants, consonant digraphs and "qu". The student blended and read words in isolation with accuracy. We incorporated encoding skills into this lesson to determine how decoding skills are carrying over into this area. He did well with applying decoding skills. We practiced fluency using repeated readings with scooped sentences and applied decoding and fluency practice into context. We will continue with this story for one to two more sessions. We will begin to add vowel combination rules to single syllable words."