Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During our session, the student read "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Most Dangerous Game." He then answered questions about them and we discussed the stories."
"The student talked to me for the first few minutes of the session about his spelling words and how he felt like this week's words were easy for him - and indeed he spelled them all correctly when I quizzed him. We have also been playing the game with the colored squares and the words, and he seems to like it a lot. It is the most enthusiastic I have seen him about spelling yet. Some of the words are challenging for him, which is good. Again, I try to integrate his weekly spelling words into the game by labeling them with the colors. He is making a lot of progress, and I am happy to see that he is more enthusiastic than he was in the beginning. He asks a lot of questions, which is also great!"
"We spent some time getting to know each other. I brought a little quiz to help us determine his "learning style", and his mom got him a workbook for us to look through. His mom also requested that his teacher send home any materials they were working on in class so that we could go over them. After speaking with them more specifically, we all agreed on our "plan of action" for working with him--we're going to read books at his reading level together each week and go over strategies to help improve his reading comprehension. We're meeting again next week; we agreed to come to that session with lists of books that we were interested in reading. I anticipate that we will choose a book during our next session and begin to outline the reading strategies so that he can begin working on them. I hope to help him become more comfortable with reading chapter books using these strategies and also implementing the strategies with books he reads for class. I believe that this will help address the concern his mom has with his difficulty in communicating the ideas he has and particularly his struggles in class with answering questions about books they've read."
"Today was the start of classes for a new student. The goals of this student are to practice writing, pronunciation, speaking, and reading. We practiced all, by writing the history of his life up to this point. This was a way to "test" all skills needed to perfect the English language."
"Today was the student's first session. He did a fantastic job. We first read a few passages about children playing baseball. He was able to sound out a majority of the words based on his previous knowledge. While he was able to read the words, he struggled a bit with comprehending the main idea. I drew him a baseball field and gave easy to comprehend details of the characters and their placement on the field. Next, we worked on the f sound, and he completed the exercise with ease and accuracy. We will continue to work on phonics, increasing his vocabulary, and comprehension. In addition, we will review his math skills and adjust the sessions according to his progress. Overall, he was focused and did quite well."
"Today was the student's last session. I gave him a short quiz with some multiple choice and short answer questions. We read a story together, and I had him create a scene with Legos. He showed me a word puzzle that he had completed in the newspaper. I have given him assessments every day this week, covering inferences, cause and effect, details of the story, order of the story, characters, setting, relating text to life, and other story elements. He has definitely improved. I enjoyed working with him, and my recommendation is for him to read, read, read."