Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Our first topic was the main idea. The second topic was making inferences. The student needs to remember to read all the possible choices instead of agreeing with one of the first choices and stopping there."
"We met for 2 hours in which we discussed her goals, her past education, and some of her intellectual habits (i.e. leisurely reading, anything at work she would like to improve upon skills for, etc.). I spent the last hour and a half skimming through parts of the test, and we soon found out that she was in over her head. I would like to try out the Language Arts at that level with her because her verbal skill level seems quite good, and I think she would be able to amp up to that speed more quickly than she realizes. She admitted to estimating somewhere between a 4th and 7th grade skill level in Reading and Writing. The math, however, was much too complex for her. We did some fractions, decimals, scientific notation, and simple algebraic equations - all of which overwhelmed her. I think it would be best to start at a lower mathematics level in order to brush up on the fundamentals and restore some of her confidence. I would estimate a 4th or 5th grade level, as her times tables are also a bit rusty. All in all, I was quite pleased with her motivation, and I think we will make good progress once we really get started."
"I met with both students today. During my session with Student 1, I required her to read stories. I have noticed that she often confuses "D" with "B" and vice versa. She also practiced some subtraction problems. I was a little concerned because of her lack of knowledge of some of the "easy" problems. However, I will continue to work with her in an attempt to increase her knowledge. I required Student 2 to read some stories and answer questions about the stories. This was all in an attempt to increase his reading comprehension skills. He did well with the assignment. After that, I required him to read one of his books aloud to me. I did this because his parents wants him more interested in reading. He is a good reader."
"The student and I started off with some readings: the first about a roller coaster and the second about a trash museum. With those readings, we worked on some reading comprehension questions. After the readings, she and I worked on some fourth grade vocabulary and played a matching game with those fourth grade vocabulary words."
"The student and I started reading a book called "The Young Boys Big Adventure," which is a tactile, home-made unique book. Next, we read a short story called "Courage: North Wind." Next, we read some portions of a poster on "Storytime Benches." I showed him a quick article in a magazine. For the last ten minutes, I challenged him to work on writing his own short story on "My Five Favorite Books." We will continue to work on speed and comprehension. He is learning new words and I think his main challenge is staying focused on the words as I think he tends to enjoy looking at the pictures too. 45 to 50 minutes of reading and his patience to stay focused on reading gets strained, which is a great time to utilize that energy and creativity to do some writing."
"The student and I started the session by finishing a brain teaser I gave her last week. She seems to enjoy them, and they serve as a great starting and ending to sessions to keep her mind busy and creative. We did a reading comprehension followed by questions, which she answered well. She sometimes gets stuck on the details, so we'll continue focusing on that in the upcoming weeks. We also worked on sentence structure by rewriting or rephrasing sentences to create more interesting or better sounding sentences."