Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student started today by spelling out some of her words from school for the week. She got all of them right. She also wrote her sentence for me. As usual, she did well and presented a couple learning opportunities. She reversed a "k,"ù but noticed it and asked me if it was reversed. We continued with having her spell words with double vowels both that followed rules and those that did not (e.g., ow, ie, ea). She did quite well. We practiced spelling the homophone as well and defining each word. We also reviewed the silent letter "l"ù in "could"ù and "walk."ù These were good to practice for her and we will continue with them as well as introduce "ght"ù in future lessons. She continued on a reading comprehension task started last week. This continued to be a challenging paragraph for her regarding vocabulary (lots of new words) but she does very well sounding them out and comprehending the information. She instigated questions (without guidance) regarding potential answers to the question about the paragraph we were addressing at the time. I am impressed with her comprehension skills given the level of the words in the paragraph. Nice work!"
"We went over phonics and reading comprehension, then reviewed pronunciation and identification of words."
"I broke through a bit more through the student's wall in not wanting to read. I helped him more to shift his perspective regarding hard words to one of much more positive response."
"During this session the first student and I continued working on her reading development. We managed to get through a few chapters of the text "Foundation" by Isaac Asimov. She worked on using the the ways of thinking as a means to generate annotations and showcased aptitude for identifying key elements in the text. The second student and I worked through and analyzed student papers and a high school-level grading rubric to showcase the type of writing she is expected to generate next year. We managed to read 3 papers and looked at the logic that they used to support their argumentation."
"During this session the student and I covered outlining body paragraphs. The first part of the tutoring session involved finishing that section of the paper. I modeled how to outline a section of a paper to demonstrate the process of getting major ideas onto the page. He then followed this example to outline and sequence his third major component of the essay. By our next session, he will use the outlines he worked on to fill in some research gaps. He will hopefully have all research completed by next session so we can work more on organization!"
"During this session we focused on the student's reading. We worked with books she had at home, including Junie B. Jones and Dora the Explorer. We focused on reading comprehension and being able to answer specific questions about the story."