Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This student's last session. I started by reviewing the testing results with her and her mother. Her miscues did decrease, especially at 6th grade level reading. She answers 80 to 90% of all questions correctly when asked about a recent reading; as long as she reads correctly and makes sure to understand the material, she has no problems. We then spent the rest of the session reviewing the strategies we learned. We began with main idea. She read a passage about rainforest animals and decided on the main idea of each paragraph; this task, as previously, is fairly easy for her. We then did her note taking, which required her to identify the main idea, as well as the important details in the text. We reviewed how numbers, names, dates, capitalized information, and event-specific information were all usually considered important. She had no troubles with this. We then read the first chapter of "The Tale of Despereaux" to review her character analysis. She was asked to describe the character of Despereaux's mother, and then located specific support in the text to support her description. She was able to do this fairly well with some support. Finally, we read the poem "A New Leaf." She identified the literal, as well as deep (figurative or abstract) meaning of the poem. We also discussed how the word 'leaf' meant two different things in the two poem paragraphs. Again, she did this relatively easily. We ended with a reading comprehension exercise. The student answered 10/12 questions correctly, but the two missed questions simply occurred because she was tapping the tablet too quickly! Otherwise she would have likely received 12/12. She improved on the sequence questions during this exercise as well. We also did two complicated math problems that encouraged her to identify what each piece of information meant; this challenged her to keep track of the meaning of her calculations, and to understand what the question was asking/ what her answer was saying. As always, we ended on speed reading and vocabulary, which she enjoys. I gave her "The Secret Garden" and an Amazon Kindle gift card. She was encouraged to keep reading throughout the summer and into the school year. Her miscues will continue to decrease the more she reads. She seems to have a solid foundation in basic reading strategies; inference, abstract thinking and figurative language are the most challenging aspect of reading for her. However, if she continues to apply herself, she should do well in the upcoming school year!"
"During this session, I brought readings that were at a higher level than those we had previously been working with. These readings still proved to be relatively easy for the student. He has definitely progressed in his reading. We then shifted our attention back to The Giver, his current book. I assigned him to read chapter 3 for next time and answer some comprehension questions."
"With Student C, he did reading comprehension homework. With Student A, we covered 9th grade Spanish. The sessions went well."