Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was a productive first meeting. We discussed goals for the tutoring, and went over an outline of the general structure of meetings going forward. We went over an initial set of vocabulary, and established the general level of vocabulary going forward. I also read and reviewed an email."
"The student continues to progress in vocabulary, correctly identifying the definition for "pacifist," "pending," "perceptive," "precarious," and "quicksilver" on his most recent quiz. We went over some new words as well, contrasting adjectives having to do with the country ("rustic," "rural," "bucolic," "pastoral") with those describing city dwellers ("cosmopolitan," "urbane"). He is enjoying the Calvin & Hobbes collection I lent him and it is providing him with a fun and engaging way of learning new vocabulary in combination with colloquial American speech."
"We worked more on reading comprehension and language skills. We also worked on getting a book ordered to be able to work on specific skills. We talked about what she should be reading to continue working on her reading and writing skills."
"The session was begun by me informing the student of the technicalities of the SSAT as well as several strategies to employ during practice and test taking, such as process of elimination and skipping extremely difficult problems (just to name a few). After being certain that he understood how to work through analogies, the rest of the session was spent performing guided practice with analogies and then having him do independent practice. The answers to all problems were discussed in detail. He is a very pleasant young man. He was fully engaged in the session. I left him with some 3 by 5 cards to write the definitions of a few words that were unfamiliar to him for study purposes."
"We read an "I Can Read" series book about Batman and the student read the entire thing at the second grade level. He needed help sounding out words, making sure he says the right word and not a word that starts with the letter but is different (e.g. follow instead of found), making sure he makes words plural as needed, and also making sure he gets the tense of the verbs correct. I discussed those things with his mom and told her that it is helpful when he uses his finger under each word to read, which she had noticed as well. Getting a toy or two also seems to make him feel more comfortable. I'm proud of him for his work today!"
"In our first session today, the student read several books and passages of varying difficulty. We also practiced consonant blends using flashcards. She remained focused with a good attitude. For our next session, I think she would benefit from some more reading practice with both familiar and new books, as well as going over some prepared flashcards of troublesome words that I recorded as she was reading during our first session. She seems to have a great deal of support from her family, teachers, nanny and tutors, who all want her to succeed as much as she does."