Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over what it means to be a fluent reader and read through a checklist of things we are going to try to improve over the course of the student's tutoring. We read through two worksheets, practicing sight words, and the words she had to sound out or got wrong we wrote down and practiced more. We then read through a worksheet of sentences containing the words and practiced writing the words she struggled with there. We read through some poetry to help her fluency. She did very well and read through sentences much faster and more fluently than in the past. The last few minutes we read through her homework exercise, and she underlined the important parts she thought she would need to answer the comprehension questions we'd read earlier. She is already improving."
"The student and I went over his math and reading homework. His math homework consisted of fractions, which he is currently learning in class, and his reading homework was about prefixes and suffixes. He did really well with the reading homework, although we are working on slowing down as he does it so as to avoid minor mistakes. He is doing well with fractions as well, though the last two pages of his homework involved multiplication tables, which he still hasn't memorized, so it takes him a while. I made a mental note to practice multiplication with him regularly, as once he gets that down solid other things he is seeing in math will come much more naturally."
"* The student improved his time on the speed reading drill on each of the 5 phonics charts we've studied so far. * We worked on the next chart that has more advanced phonetic sounds. He did a great job sounding his way through them. * I made sure he knew the definition of each of the words. * He is becoming more comfortable in reading and sounding out words."
"The student and I had a great session. We discussed ways in which I can support her until winter break, the two books she is reading, key vocabulary to know for her ELA book, and background about WWII and Germany."
"The student and I had a very productive session. We focused mainly on figurative language. I brought along a study sheet I made for her. We worked extensively on being able to identify figurative language in writing, such as hyperbole, understatement, metaphors, similes, personification, and idioms. I brought along several activity sheets for her to work on, which helped strengthen her mastery of this concept. We also did a nonfiction comprehension packet, where she had to read aloud the passage, identify the main idea and details, and answer questions relating to the text. We finished up with two activities on proofreading, in order to help her catch common spelling and grammatical errors."
"The student and I played Christmas Hangman, and she guessed all three words correctly! We read aloud an excerpt from The Lion King. She then read "The Tawny, Scrawny Lion" to me. Her reading really is improving. She's becoming more fluent, and much quicker at sounding out words."