Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"After a successful Monday, I brought a Level 18 and Level 20 with me. I monitored her comprehension throughout the reading, and her retelling was nearly flawless -- details, character names, events in sequence, etc. We worked on math for the last twenty minutes. The topic was capacity -- cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. She has a good grasp of the topic. I cut multiple pieces of loose leaf into halves, quarters, and eighths, and labeled them for her to use as a manipulative. The student had a great attitude."
"Today we went over sight words of various levels and did a fluency test. I gave the student a few small stories to read, and one was given to him for practicing fluency. We then talked about some syllable rules, trying to introduce them to him and show him words of that type. We will go over this in more detail next time. I will also be introducing workbook practice next session. I also discussed with his parents to talk to the teacher and see if another session a week may be helpful. His fluency was 47 words a min, which I would like to increase, and he only read words in pairs or maybe groups of 3. I think he may benefit from a Saturday session, where it is not after school."
"Today the student was very excited about reading the book Biscuit The Dog to me on his own. He was able to read the repetitive phrases and knew the words that were new to him. We then played a word building game again. He was able to create 12 words on his own during the game. We wrote down the words he created and I asked him to review the words while I wasn't there. I feel that if he is able to spell the words and come up with the words himself then he should be able to read them and recognize them on his own. We also reviewed the sight words that I had left with him. He did much better. I left the same words with him to review and didn't add any words yet. We also played a bingo rhyming game. The student was able to recognize most of the rhyming words and pictures that were on his bingo card. For our next session we will continue to practice his sight words. I am trying to have him learn to recognize the sight words without sounding them out. I believe he knows many words because when he is creating words and saying words he is able to do so. However, when reading he sounds out every words that he comes to. I will continue to have him read to me and build is confidence that he know more words than he thinks."
"Today's session was used to complete word problems. The student's understanding of multiple-step word problems is improving. She was able to complete a portion of the problem without difficulty, but subsequent steps presented more difficulty. This is particularly true for multi-digit multiplication and long division problems. There was noted improvement in the multiplication word problems, but we need to continue to work on division. The main issue she is having is knowing which operation to choose to answer the problem. Performing the actual operation presents little to no difficulty once we have decided this. During the next few sessions, we will focus on choosing the appropriate operation. Overall, we had a good session, and as always, her attitude was great."
"Tonight I started working with the student on an essay for her English class. We went through correcting some sentence structure and grammar/spelling mistakes. For the most part, she is getting better at grouping her ideas. We then worked on vocabulary and recognizing paragraph structure in essays."
"Tonight the student and I read "Two Bad Mice" and wrote responses. We also read "Curious George and the Dump Truck." I talked with his grandmother, who told me they are doing testing on him the next two weeks for placement in extra help. Until they finish testing, we will continue to work on reading each night we meet."