Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student read a book to me. She did a great job! She did an addition math activity. She also wrote a few sentences by sounding out the words she wanted to spell. We also practiced handwriting."
"The student asked if we could add on to the likes/dislikes list we started many sessions ago. As with during the creation of the list, he dictated what to include, and I asked him to help me spell everything out."
"We spent the session working on improving the student's reading comprehension abilities. She was very reluctant to read "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson because she said she dislikes reading. I talked with her about the importance of putting extra work into improving her reading comprehension skills and written responses to texts. I am working on helping her use evidence from the text to support her answers and to make sure her answers are written in clear, thoughtful sentences. As we read "The Lottery" together I told her we were doing a close reading of the short story, so we needed to pay extra close attention to the tone and literary devices employed in the story in order to grasp the overall theme. She ended up thoroughly enjoying reading this book. She also did an excellent job identifying foreshadowing and suspicious developments within the story. For next session, I am going to review the book with her and then have her write written responses to reading comprehension questions about the text."
"The student continues to improve in reading and writing. He is building his confidence when it comes to doing work independently. He still struggles in grammar, so I gave his mom critical thinking resources for him to work on."
"The student continues to want to improve her memorization of the multiplication tables, so I used flashcards I had prepared to test her ability to answer as quickly and accurately as possible. I emphasized to her that the only way the answer to a multiplication problem will come out to be an odd number is if you multiply an odd number by an odd number, and that she should keep that in mind when she is arriving at an answer. Then she read two reading comprehension passages, one about a haunted house and another about how horses have helped humans through history. She is getting much better with fluency and not rushing as much, and she was able to answer questions about the passages without much difficulty (although she is quick to guess, and I suggested that if she slowed down a bit she would arrive at the correct answer the first time around). We finished up by reading from a Junie B. Jones book."
"The student created a summary using setting, characters, problem, and solution. Then, he wrote them in character form. I left a couple of readings and summary assignments. I will touch base in the middle of the week to see how he's doing."