Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"One hour diagnostic session. The student is a good reader, but he gets shy reading out loud. His writing improved throughout the session as his confidence grew. He is eager to tackle that more in future sessions. I have asked him to check out a library book for us to read together next week."
"Topics: Reading, sounding out words, new word definitions and spelling. Progress: The student's performance on his homework was thorough, and I made sure he understood what the different words meant and how to sound them out. I also had him read every part of the assignment, so I think he gained a lot from it. He has been able to sound words out, and many times get the word correct. I will keep emphasizing this in every way possible in the future. We also finished the book that we were reading last week, and the student was very pleased and interested. I checked out a new book, and I will continue to scour the libraries for some new material for the student. He said "I enjoy books that have problems, and then have solutions." He cares a lot about the quality of the stories he reads. This is a great sign, and while it may be tricky for me to find books for him, I think it is worth it."
"The student and I did reading work and then worked on his typing skills. It became very clear that he needs to start working on typing on a regular basis, so we will add this into our routine."
"Today we covered math flashcards and the student's spelling words. She is making progress with her addition and subtraction, but needs to keep practicing. I suggested that she try to practice for a half hour each day. She knows most of her spelling words very well, but needs some practice with "your." We also read "Wanda Witch." The student does well reading simple books out loud. She sometimes struggles with large words, but this is normal. She is ready for beginners' chapter books, such as Amelia Bedelia, Junie B Jones, or the Magic Treehouse series. If an adult reads to her, they could start to read some more advanced chapter books, such as Harry Potter, Roald Dahl, or Charlotte's Web. This would help with her listening comprehension and vocabulary."
"Today we covered math skills and study techniques. We reviewed spelling words and completed activities to enhance memorization of science concepts and key terms. The student was very willing to complete the tasks. We discussed the importance of note taking and highlighting while reading a passage. She will continue to review science in advance of an upcoming exam. No scores were seen. No concerns from today."
"Today we covered phonics, more in specific these tutoring sessions we will first go over vowels and everything that there is to know about it. Today, we began with the letter 'a'. I had about 10 short stories printed out, and she read through them all. These short stories covered short and long vowel 'a' sounds, and they all included sight words. We will be working with the letter "e" next time. She is a very eager student and loves the short stories, and is able to comprehend what we were working on today."