Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this second session, we worked on targeting spelling words that he seems to have the most difficulty with. After our last week's session, I wrote up a list of words that seemed specifically tailored to his needs, and we worked on writing and re-writing them and memorizing and understanding the spelling. We determined that his difficulty is not knowing or understanding words, as he has a relatively large vocabulary; spelling is the main problem. Through repetition and quizzing, we were able to learn the spelling of several words that were difficult for him. We talked a little about strengths and weaknesses. I told him I bet he has a lot of strengths in other areas that the stronger spellers in his class do not have. He is starting to be more open to the idea of working together. He worked hard in this session and was a real trooper, cooperating with everything we needed to do. He made a lot of progress."
"Today the student and I practiced reading a two paragraph text about clouds aloud. I timed him initially, and then he practiced reading it with expression and fluency until he was proud of how it sounded. He rated the difficulty as 1 (very easy) because the text was so short and he scored a 8/8 on the questions. He has yet to struggle with comprehension questions with any of the texts. We then read the next chapter of No Summit Out of Sight and have gotten to page 50. He asks great questions showing his comprehension and expanding his vocabulary. I believe he will continue to connect with reading when he is interested, but also can feel successful and proud about his extensive knowledge of vocabulary. We made a plan for him to create flash cards of all of our vocabulary, as well as read two texts aloud, and do some quick research and write a short paragraph answering a question he had from our reading. He has a written a list of these assignments that we reviewed together. Practicing reading aloud is the most important aspect of these assignments."
"We discussed the student's homework for the week. We went through converting yards to feet and inches. She completed the first page of her math homework, and she will finish the rest at home. We also reviewed her science homework. We read the first few pages together, and she answered questions about friction, force, and gravity. She seems to be getting more comfortable with reading out loud. If she can continue to read at home everyday, she should be able to be increase her reading comprehension. Overall, it was a good session."