Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on his reading skills and his grammatical skills. I also went over an essay he wrote on "The Giver" and gave him suggestions for further reading."
"The student read one of his books from school. We then worked on writing complicated sentences ("We are going swimming today."). He did a good job and I continue to see improvement. I suggested to his mother that she have him write out the family's grocery list, or a portion of it, as a phonics and writing exercise. This will give the family an activity to do together besides reading."
"The student was able to name the remaining sight words that she had been working on. I assessed her today, and I will provide her with a new set of words tomorrow. For fluency today, I did not have her do any time readings, but she did read different passages and practiced pacing, pausing and reading with expression. She did really well with the flow of her reading today. For comprehension today, she read a new passage and answered questions that corresponded. She was able to answer the questions and locate information from the passage. She also read a new book today. I had her read it more than once and answer questions as she read. After reading, she answered further questions to check for understanding and to describe character motivation."
"Read through the list of sight words that he needs to know and have memorized to pass kindergarten. Worked on the letter L as well in a new workbook. A lot of progress made."
"I had the student work on a series of writing and reading exercises. We did two cloze tests (one incorporating basic mathematics analysis skills), a spelling exercise, and a listening-and-writing exercise. We then talked about his progress and what our next session will incorporate. Overall, he has improved significantly since I first worked with him. His spelling accuracy is very high and his reading skills are very developed."
"The student and I spent the first 15 minutes or so discussing his English course - texts they're reading/have read, teaching style, teacher expectations and class discussions. We then discussed how previous essays were evaluated and his concerns about translating his ideas into a cohesive essay. He enjoys discussing literature and gains a lot from class discussions. We discussed the last essay he did on the text Broke in April and reviewed the teacher's critiques as a means of planning the writing for Snow Country. He and I had a rich discussion of the novel, Snow Country. He shared what he and classmates discussed during presentations in a previous class and stated that an upcoming in-class writing assignment will be expected for this text. He had a clear understanding of the novel and was able to articulate these ideas orally. In the end, he made note of a few concepts and I shared my notes with him as well. Since there are no clear instructions for the text at the time of the session, there were no specific follow up steps and the next meeting wasn't set at that time. We did begin to talk about Beloved (the next text) and his Psych paper. I shared some pre-reading tips for Beloved and a few research ideas for his Psych topic (the effect of knowledge on life satisfaction)."