Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I had the student read her second assigned reading book, "The Story Of Harriet Truman." She told me she read 61 pages, and she told me what she read. She read a couple of chapters, I helped her pronounce some words, and we went over each page so I knew what she was reading. I left her with one chapter to read, and she told me she would read it. I asked her if she finished the reading project on the book, "The Lemonade War," and she told me her mom wanted to work on the project with her. She told me she finished her math packet."
"Today, I had the student write her own story using her spelling words. I believed that this would help her reading comprehension. We have been reading other stories, and writing her own stories will help her understand how authors write stories and what to focus on when she was reading. I left her with reading and math practice."
"Today, I introduced new vocabulary to the student within different contexts. To help him with his pronunciation, we used a word dictionary that speaks the words aloud. I had him spell the new words and say them back to me several times. When he read these words in different sentences, he is able to understand their meanings. I left him with extra practice to study these new words."
"Today, I kept working with the student on pulling out main ideas from short passages. I had him read, highlight, and answer questions. He also spent some time actually rewriting and paraphrasing short paragraphs into simple sentences. He took his time with this but is definitely getting the hang of simplifying broad ideas. I then had him read another short story. We went over a good amount of vocabulary and made some predictions about the story, and I had him answer questions and do character analysis as his read. Once we finished this, I had him reread some of the passages we read yesterday. I then had him write summaries (as brief as possible) for the readings as if he wanted to teach the material to a friend who hadn't done the reading. He said this was really helpful in getting him to pull out the main ideas and simplify everything down. He did a really great job overall."
"Today, I met the student for the first time, so we spent some time first establishing goals and expectations with him and his parents. I then got to know him a bit more. After this, we started to talk about high school expectations, such as potential subjects, classes, schedules, grades, etc. He came out of his shell after we started talking more, and I got a better sense of his English skill level. We plan to prepare more for his start of high school in August."
"Today, I met the student for the first time. I did some reading assessments. We read and dissected several passages together. We also introduced ourselves to each other. We went over how he's doing in school, etc. Then, we did some handwriting and grammar exercises. Lastly, we worked on sight-reading."