Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Toady was my first meeting with the student. The student and I read the Titanic story from the school reader. The student had good comprehension."
"This session was quite good. To start, I had the student complete the spelling workbook exercises. He did very well, especially with the proofing part, which he likes. We then went back to the video game article he'd read in the last session. He completed the associated exercises with no problems. He then asked to do a sorting game and selected the set for the long e sound. He was fast and only missed 1 out of 30! I complimented him extensively on a job well done. His ear for sounds is getting more refined, so he will be able to tackle new words more easily by breaking them into syllables and sounding them out (with some guidance, of course). To end, we read from the student's A-Z book. He continues to love it and dreads having to stop. His recall is good. He also told me he's reading the Wright Brothers book that I'd put on his recommended summer reading list with his Mom, and that he loves that too."
"The student and I covered a lot during this tutoring session. First, he completed two reading assignments which required him to read two stories and write two complete sentences about the stories. The books that he chose were each over thirty pages long. Therefore, in order to ensure that he completed the assignment within the time period allotted, and because he had read those books previously, I required him to read twenty pages from each book, which enabled him to practice his reading and provided information he needed to complete the assignment. Second, he completed a writing assignment which required him to write thirteen words (provided by the teacher) horizontally and diagonally on a sheet of paper. Third, in preparation for his upcoming spelling quiz, he practiced spelling his list of words. I then gave him some techniques to help him. The first technique is that I required him to spell the words orally. I then determined that he didn't misspell as many words. I then told him that, if he is unsure of a word, he should spell it "in his head" or "under his breath" and then write it down. This really helped him. Another technique that I had him use is to say the words and write them phonetically. This technique also seemed to have worked for him. Finally, he receives a new word list every Monday. I instructed him to learn at least four words from that word list each day."
"The student completed his forty-ninth tutoring session aimed at improving his overall academic performance. During the session, he and the tutor worked on a science presentation. Specifically, he had been tasked with preparing a presentation on background and geological history of Onondaga Cave. As a result, he and the tutor spent the entirety of the session researching and discussing the Onondaga Cave. He subsequently incorporated the information he and the tutor had discussed into a rough draft of his presentation."
"The student continued to work on long vowel sounds this week, and we focused on long e spelled ee and ea. She is slowing down and shelf checking as she does her work. She is reading whole books aloud and working with me through challenging books. Reading everyday with an adult would be good practice. Keep it a happy and relaxed time."
"The student continues to improve his reading skills, thanks to sounding out and slowing down. He was hyper, but less so than usual. We read a whole book: Cat and Mouse. We also went over pronouns, especially tricky ones like "these and those.""