Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I covered the following concepts during the session: Math: multiplication tables and order of operations. Reading: recalling facts and details and comprehension. Writing: Writing descriptive sentences and punctuation. The student's attitude was positive, and he was very engaged during the session. For Math, I reintroduced the rule of PEMDAS for order of operations. Then, I made practice problems for the student to try to utilize the rule. For Reading, I had the student give me details of a passage after reading. In Writing, I had him say the sentence aloud before writing. The student completed a writing piece about a trip to the DMV. We proofread and edited the piece to correct grammar and include descriptive sentences. I left the student to finish writing a final draft. I saw some progress in his skills."
"I had another fabulous session with the student today! He has read through chapter 14 of the novel. We continued with word study, and we reviewed tips/recommendations for enhancing his comprehension skills and improving his writing responses. He did very well during our word study discussion. He showed good word choice during this discussion. He also did very well when asked to evaluate/critique himself based on the writing tips/suggestions. He needs to elaborate more in his written responses, but when asked to elaborate, he does very well. Today during our discussions and tasks, we looked more at author's purpose and theme. We will include more such aspects in our upcoming sessions."
"I had the student read a book of his choice, he picked a Spider Man graphic novel. His fluency is very good. He excels at figuring out complicated or new words. We used guided reading prompts to work on identifying the author and illustrator, and guessing how the story would end. He also identified the problems in the story. His guess was correct! He also tackled reading comprehension using a grade level practice test. He is not afraid to make mistakes in his reading, and would try again if he said a word wrong."
"I had the student read a fictional letter and do an activity that involved him drawing specific animals and vegetation mentioned in the text. He correctly identified all of them. Then, I asked him to write a fictional letter of his own about a song he liked, why he liked it, and where and when he heard it. I asked him to write some of the lyrics of the song. He did a fantastic job and wrote a full page about the song."
"I had the student read a little to me and then answer questions about what he read. Then, we did some riddles and word games. Next I used the ISEE question of the day for Middle Level Reading. We read the passage and answered the question. I picked words from the passage that were hard or unfamiliar, and we defined them. We ended with him writing a few sentences about his weekend and a few more riddles."
"I had the student read for me and assessed what we might do to help him improve his comprehension skills. I recommended a book list for him and his mom agreed to have him do homework assignments that will help with comprehension. He will also write at least five sentences a day."