Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At this session the student continued reading "Harry Potter" and got to page 114. As she read each section, I asked her questions to focus her reading, and to give her a specific piece of information to seek, or deduce, from the reading. We also looked up the word "triumph" in the dictionary after she was not able to figure out the meaning from context (it was difficult to do so, in this case). I asked her to read as much as she could through page 130 for Wednesday, and explain how Harry gets assigned to a house at Hogwarts based on what she read."
"The student and I worked together on learning his words of the week as well as words from past weeks. We wrote sentences together using as many of the words as we could and practiced spelling words that sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings."
"Today the student read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory out loud for 25 minutes, stopping periodically to go over phrasing, and any words he didn't understand. He is experimenting with reading expressively, which is really fun to hear, and will lead to improved fluency. Then, we reviewed his spelling words, which he did very well with. Finally, we worked on math. We worked through some problems, with me explaining each step, and he soon grasped the concepts."
"We went over the letter names and sounds. She said b for d and did not want to say r. She did not know the sounds for y, q, or u. We did her sight words We did a practice sheet, saying and writing short a CVC words. She did great. We did a sheet reading short I CVC words. We did some phonics drills with short I. We did a short I CVC reading and writing worksheet."
"The student has a historical novel that his class is reading. We are focusing on slowing down to increase reading comprehension and looking to identify when he should use context clues to figure out words, versus when he should seek help from his teacher/parents/me. Next I worked with another student. His class uses online math games to increase comprehension. He was on a deadline to hit a point threshold by tonight for extra credit, so I gave him some test-taking tips on doing multiple choice math questions quickly. This will also help him be more intentional/methodical about solving algebra problems and should apply even to open-ended problems. Then we worked through some tougher problems together."
"We did some reading comprehension practice with the student's library book, James and the Giant Peach. I had him summarize what he read so far, and afterward we read together. His homework is to read chapters 17, 18, and 19. His abilities have improved since we first started. He writes letters with the correct form, and he has a wider range in terms of vocabulary."