Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"As it was the first session with the student, I needed to find out his abilities and what he needed to work on. I had asked his father to bring work from school so I could see what his teachers were giving him and how he was able to complete the work. We worked through the worksheets he had for homework. I first asked the student to read what was on the worksheets to gauge his reading abilities, which were good, though he was challenged by some words. The worksheets from school dealt with capitalization and what kinds of words were nouns or verbs. He did quite well on those. I can see from this example of his reading that he needs some guidance on the phonetics of words (understanding how some letters and particularly letter blends of 2-3 letters fit together). That is an issue I plan to work on in future sessions. I suspect he simply knows some words, even words like "Massachusetts", which he did say fairly easily. Other words he tried to read were unclear. At times when he was able to read a word, I asked if he knew what it meant. Some he knew and some he did not. I have extra material on phonics, letter sounds, and letter blend sounds that we will work on and which I can give him as extra practice work. I have writing material that we can also use in our sessions and to give as extra practice work. The student was quite agreeable to what we worked on. His reading level is certainly lower level, but he appears to be able to pick it up without difficulty. I have added materials for our Monday and Wednesday sessions, and plan to keep up with his schoolwork and the grades he receives."
"The student finished her homework during the week and made great progress on her next book. I was encouraged by her comprehension of the final chapter, and she seems to have a fairly good handle of her current book. Today we spend most of our session reviewing comprehension quiz questions to help her to prepare for her upcoming exam. We worked through a variety of questions orally--I read the questions and the answer options aloud. In this way we reviewed many aspects of the plot, and I believe the student is on her way to having a good handle on many of the details. Near the end of our session I had her work through some of the quiz problems on her own, and she did very well on these as well. I left her with the remainder of the quiz questions and the answer key for her to work through with her mother or on her own as she continues to prepare for the exam."
"In this session, I helped the student strategically study for an exam on word parts. I taught him how to make associations to words that he already knows to understand the meanings of word parts. We practiced writing down the word parts and the words as well as creating sayings so that he understood the meaning of the activity and the lesson."
"I met with the student this week. He had to read a chapter online based on a environmental book. The chapter introduced new concepts that deal with environmental science. The student had a great understanding of what he read and was able to write a summary on the chapter quite easily. We also went over his science assignment on Tuesday. The student had conducted an experiment with his class and had to write a statement based on that experiment. It was a great opportunity for me to work with him on scientific procedure. On Thursday, the student had to write a summary on the book "Heads up" which his class just finished reading. After this assignment, I worked with him on his science homework, which was mostly computer based. He is a strong student who shows a great interest in learning."
"I provided help and guidance with the student's literature homework. He had to do some vocabulary work by provided his own definition for his vocabulary words. In addition, he had to use some words correctly in sentences. He also did some exercises on possessive pronouns and adjectives. He struggled a bit in identifying possessive pronouns and adjectives. I had to give him a few examples for him to understand them. He completed some work in his literature book and handouts from school."
"I provided homework help for the student on his iPoet assignment and a couple of questions on his iReady program. We then spent the remainder of the session working on a reading passage and set of questions that I provided. He reads very well. My goal is to help him keep a steady reading pace and ensure he is fully understanding what he's reading. During this session, the student and I took frequent "breaks" to discuss what we were reading to accomplish this goal. I will continue to do these exercises with him as we increase the difficulty of his reading passages over time."