Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I met with the student at his home. I did several assessments that were necessary to determine his weaknesses. He will need help with phonemic awareness, fluency, and decoding. He was very active, but he was concerned about getting things incorrect. I met with his mother and father, and we decided on the tutoring days. He will be tutored 3 times a week per the parents. Overall, we had a good session."
"Today, I tested the student on her sight words I've given her over the last few sessions. She should continue to practice reading and spelling each word. In addition, we did a reading comprehension exercise. Overall, she is a great student."
"Today, I watched the interview that the student recorded for his summer creative project. We discussed ways to make it better. We began with the visual aspects. I had him create continuity for the subtitles in the video. He served as the interviewer, so I had him put all his questions in the upper right hand corner of the screen. And the subject's answers were centered at the bottom of the screen. I explained that his questions and answers were superficial and that they needed to be engaging and have meat. So, we began a dialogue about the types of questions he, and any other reader of the book, would be interested in knowing the answers to. We came up with six great questions and meaty answers."
"Today, I worked with Student 1 more on visual recognition of the letters we have been working on. He has a good handle of the letters D, E, A, and N, and I have been working with him on C, M, and B. He has been doing a pretty good job with them. Student 2 read again today, and he even rejected my offer on trading off on reading with him. He began using the methods I have been showing him on how to figure out a word on his own, with and without my prompting."
"Today, the student and I began concentrated work on reading skills, particularly those needed for standardized tests. We worked on "close reading," in which students must read passages and answer questions about them very carefully, with much attention to main ideas, significant details, determining meaning from context, and other clues. He read a passage about the invention of basketball and another about a type of lizard. Aside from the skills mentioned above, he had to justify his answers with sections of the texts and summarize paragraphs with as little as a single word. I used exercises from third grade materials, to help him build a strong foundation for his work in fourth grade."
"Today, the student and I began our session by discussing several aspects of "Tom Sawyer." We talked about the vocabulary he identified, and then we talked about some of the comparisons and contrasts he made between several of the characters. We picked out examples of figurative language and talked about personification. Then he summarized his reading of "Tangerine." We discussed some of the themes, including that of man vs. nature, conflict, and disability. Finally, we spent the large part of our session working on ACT prep material. We focused on the reading section, and we began to create an order of difficulty for the different types of passages. We did several practice questions, and throughout our work, we identified tricky vocabulary."