Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session the student and I played a game called Bananagrams. The goal was for the student to be given random letters and to create as many words as he was able to in a set amount of time. He enjoyed the game and was able to create a variety of words. The student wrote the words in his notebook for him to go over when I am not there. We also reviewed the book "Brown Bear." He read it again to me and was able to put the cut up words into sentences. I then read him the second chapter in the hockey book. While I read I ask the student different words to say while I was reading. Lastly, we went over 10 sight words. I left them with him to review and try to learn before I come back. For our next visit we will be reviewing the sight words I left him. He will write sentences with the sight words, and I will see what words he know."
"We worked on prefixes and suffixes. We focused on how they affect the meaning of a word. We worked specifically on these prefixes - "re" "pre" "un" and "dis". The suffixes that we studied were "er" and "est"."
"The student is reviewing for the SAT in school this week. We worked on her packet (mostly phonics and reading comprehension). I gave the student some strategies for test-taking (slowing down, focusing on word parts, and I taught her about how e at the end of the word makes the vowel say its name and how she can use that to take her test). We will be working on phonemic awareness/reading comprehension in our future sessions."
"Today, we worked on vocabulary in context and vocabulary mastery through the student's workbook. We also worked on the introduction to his paper. While the wording still needs to be revised, we were able to put together the overall structure of the paper ahead of time. In future sessions, we will look at his body and conclusion paragraphs."
"Today, we worked with rhyming words. I explained that words rhyme when their ends are the same, not when they begin with the same letter. We used both sounds and letters to find rhyming words. I also told the student three-letter words and had her listen to their sounds to spell them and write them on the board. For math, we worked on subtraction problems where the largest number was 15 or less. She worked very hard and very cheerfully."
"Today's focus was paragraph writing, using the correct punctuation, and spelling. The goal is to get the student more fluent in reading; build up his self-confidence; and have continued practice with a variety of lessons with spelling, grammar, and punctuation."