Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We conducted a spelling review for the week and did phonics practice, and reading practice focusing on fluency -- especially slowing down and reading every word rather than guessing."
"The student told me that he had begun reading a book entitled Leprechauns in Winter, from The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. I then required him to give me a summary of what he had read so far. I also asked questions about the story to test his memory and critical thinking skills. Finally, the student completed some exercises on syllables."
"We went over spelling words, then focused on sight reading practice. The student then completed a short worksheet with picture cues, practiced on a wipe-off board with 10 examples, and applied the skill to 5 dictated short-vowel words and a dictated sentence. We concluded by playing a word tile game."
"The student and I had a pretty productive session this week. We started where we left off last week, reading two passages and preparing for an essay that is due on March 31. We reread the first passage and began to break it down together. We did the same thing for the second passage and answered a short-answer question for each respective passage. Overall, it was a very conversational session because the questions were somewhat complex. I did not want to simply give him the answer, so we spoke about things like theme, setting, and how each affects the other. It was effective because we would organically stumble across the answer during conversation. I helped him piece certain sentences together. We then read the essay question and began brainstorming the important things to mention in the paper. All in all, it was very productive. We have one more session before the essay is due."
"The student continued to read from her chapter book today. We also worked on more long and short vowels through word recognition, digraphs and blends, and recognizing high frequency words while reading. She is showing much improvement in her confidence, comprehension, and fluency."
"We began with math: simple addition and subtraction, and adding coins. I then had the student read me Curious George and the Firefighters. I asked him questions to test for reading comprehension throughout. He did well. To finish, I had him write four sentences about the story. I first had him write the sentences as best he could in regards to spelling. I then wrote the sentences out correctly and had him write his sentences again. I think that this method went really well and I will bring more books for him to work through. I will also ask him to write more about the story; this seemed to help him focus."