What happens in a typical reading/writing tutoring session?

The answer to this question will depend on what your child’s needs are for reading and writing. However, some typical activities happen in each session.

The session starts with the tutor asking the child about his/her school day. What did you learn in reading today? What did you write about today? How did you feel about your reading/writing?

Next, the tutor will set the timer and remind the child to work hard so that he/she gets to play the game when there are 5 minutes left in the session.

After that, the tutor will begin working on the skills for the day. The tutor will give choices to the student so that the student feels some sense of control over the activities. This also instills confidence in the student as a learner. He/she will most likely pick the activity that is easier for him/her to complete. This is fine because all activities will be completed during that session, but done in the order the child chooses.

Some activities might include: sight word practice with reading and pointing to sight words, reading a fluency passage to increase speed and accuracy, writing about a favorite topic while working on spelling and writing conventions as well as developing ideas, reading a book about the student’s topic of choice while working on fluency and comprehension, writing spelling words on a white board, and more.

With 5 minutes left in the session, the tutor will determine if the game was earned. Usually, it is as the student is working hard toward that goal. The tutor will provide a choice of two games, both of which are educational and games that will help the child work on specific skills.

At the end of the session, the tutor will talk with the child and the parent about what was worked on during the session. The tutor will point out skills that have improved and skills that will be worked on during the next session.


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