Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Topics- reading, reading comprehension, writing, spelling. Progress- This session was in most ways extremely successful. The student's reading performance was probably the best that I have seen ever. He attempted difficult words, sounded them out, and he took the initiative and read most of the book that we looked at all by himself. When it came to the writing assignment, once the student became focused, he thought up everything that he wanted to say, and only asked me for spelling advice. I encouraged him and I think I played a good role of facilitating his progress, without being too intrusive. We read another book, which was a little more challenging than the other books in the past."
"The student had read even more in the book than what I had assigned her, which was great! She says she is really enjoying the book because it's getting to the action part. When I asked her specific questions about the plot, she had a hard time remembering what she had read. In her excitement, she seems to be skimming the book too quickly, and it is affecting her comprehension. I encouraged her to take her time and savor the book. I also suggested that she start reading aloud, either to her parents, or to some stuffed animals in her room. Reading out loud forces you to sound out words you may not know, instead of being able to skip over them. Reading aloud will be a great comprehension exercise, and I will be eager to see how she responds to my plot development questions next session. She and I focused on the themes of the book for this session. We spent a lot of time discussing what we had read, rather than reading out loud. I was very impressed with some of the connections she made in the story, as well as her predictions of how the plot would proceed. She was right about a lot of her predictions, and it's making her more vested in the story. So far, I've been impressed with her ability to dig deeper into the story with me to discuss various themes and what they might mean. I'm very optimistic about her reading. She is definitely showing improvement every session."
"The student worked on a journal writing exercise, correcting sentences worksheet, and finding misspelled words. We also practiced reading out loud."
"Today, we continued our work on multiplication using a timeline. We reviewed the student's homework and found that she still had trouble with the concept. She was given a list of problems to record on the number line. She realized that the answer would be the same, but the presentation on the number line is different. As I scaffolded the learning through the use of manipulatives, she was better able to connect with the learning. We also reviewed the assigned story she had to read. We reviewed how to find text evidence and how to highlight key concepts in the text. I then administered a comprehension assessment. She scored a 100 on the test and was simply elated! For homework, she was given another story to read. She was also reassigned the math problems to correct. This was a good session!"
"Today, we continued to review letters A-G and their sounds. I had the student review each letter and sound individually. Then, he had to choose small pictures from a pile and glue them on the correct letter based on the sound each letter began with. He is making slow, but steady progress."
"Today, we continued to review reading, math, and writing. The student did very well in math today, leaving me very impressed. She was left with a small assignment before she goes to bed, which is journaling. I adore her energy, and look forward to working together on Monday."