Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued test preparation work, with an emphasis on reading and comprehension skill development. I taught the student some techniques for finding the right answer in multiple choice testing and in finding context from sentences."
"The student and I read two books about bears during our latest session. I try to encourage him to give the characters different accents but read anything that isn't a quote in a normal voice. His proficiency is very high. After the books, I asked that he write me a book report in which he recounted the events of the book and that he liked it. Afterwards, we had some creative writing in which he wrote a silly "how-to guide" for riding a bicycle. I think the writing really helps him to synthesis his reading, practice spelling, sentence structure and enhances creativity!"
"We went over his homework package and reading material. We practiced vowel sounds, blended sounds, addition, and subtraction. He did a great job and had a positive attitude. I told him to practice his reading so he can be prepared to read to me next session. His school progress seems to be positive. He is reading better."
"Today the student and I started off by practicing letter names and letter sounds, tracing them in the air as well as writing them on his tablet. He was able to write the "i" and "j" fairly easily. We looked at the difference between "g" and "q", and then we practiced finding and writing letters based on their sounds in words (we worked on "ti" and "it"). We then added more stamps to his lion letter board, and then moved on to some number practice. He has the number 1 down, and he recognizes "2", but had a hard time writing it in the proper way at first. By the end of our session, however, he was writing "2" fairly consistently!"
"We spent our last session reviewing vocabulary, we did an exercise using specific words like what, where, and were. We timed her reading again for the last time, and talked about the book that she finished. I gave her some resources and some exercises to continue to do for practice."
"Student and I read new sounds books "R" and "Q". He practiced writing some of the new "r" words he learned from the book. We also did work in the Kindergarten reading workbook and writing workbook. He did really well with identifying which pictures' names begin with certain letters because he sounded it out. He practiced writing numbers from 1-10. He also practiced writing words that rhyme with "Knight" from the flash cards."
"We started with the student's homework, which was to read two articles and answer questions about the articles. Then, we did a comprehension exercise including reading a story and answering questions. Next, I taught him how to use a KWL chart to graph what he Knows, what he Wants to know, and what he Learned. We used this chart before reading story. He did very well, and only needed to look back at the story for one question. I had him copy the KWL chart into his journal. We read an article and made a KWL chart for it, and then answered questions. Last, we read "Grandma's Table" and predicted what we thought the story would be about by looking at captions and pictures."
"The student was incredibly focused and worked very hard today! We started by looking at her Reading Comprehension homework--at first she said she thought it was going to be really hard, but then as she read, we stopped after each paragraph to consider some comprehension questions (i.e. Which characters have been mentioned? What is their relationship?"_ etc.) and by the end she was able to answer her homework questions on the reading passage very easily. We also read 2 short stories, and then used a number of her weekly spelling/vocabulary words to write a new story. She is responding really well when larger tasks are broken into more manageable pieces--it seems she finds longer reading passages or writing assignments daunting, but when they're broken down, she accomplishes each part quickly and effectively. Moving forward, we'll be working to continue building her confidence and finding reading material that will excite and motivate her."
"We started the session by reviewing the spelling of the student's vocabulary words from his vocab text book. He did a great job spelling all of the words correctly, and showed great improvement from last week. Then we spent the majority of the rest of the session reading his paperback book and finishing up with a review of the spelling of his vocab words."
"The student and I reviewed a variety of skills. We worked on the individual sounds of every letter within a word and then we blended the word together with those sounds. We reviewed the short vowel sounds that a and e make and we reviewed beginning sounds of words."
"Today we practiced letter and sound recognition and did a few pages in the workbook. We then started counting by 5's and 2's and working on her number chart. I've realized it's best to switch it up constantly with her."
"During this session, we spent approximately half of the time practicing reading skills using books from the children's library collection and the other half-hour practicing letter-writing with his marker workbook. He performed quite well this session, being very cooperative throughout and not struggling with anything we did. He demonstrated proficiency in writing his letters, and did a very good job sounding out words while we were reading. We went over strategies for writing specific letters in the second half, and he has clearly seen some improvement. As I've noted previously, he seems to enjoy working with the marker workbook, so this is almost always the most effective way to get him to practice writing."