Before beginning tutoring, we work to identify the underlying causes of a student's reading challenges and then develop a customized tutoring plan to address specific needs. While we use a variety of methodologies in our tutoring, our core reading curriculum helps students develop reading skills by writing about what they read. This improves comprehension because they delve deeply into what they are reading and sharpen their critical thinking skills. This approach also enhances their writing skills!
We work hard to help your child develop the skills they need to become a confident, joyful reader! Here's how we do that:
- Learning to read: For students who are still in the process of learning to read, we heavily focus on phonics, decoding, and word segmentation skills. If they are ready, we also will begin to do some basic reading comprehension work.
- Reading comprehension: Many upper elementary students have mastered the basics of reading and are able to identify and decode words successfully. So with these students, we focus on teaching active reading comprehension strategies. We use a combination of short non-fiction reading passages, short stories, and ability-appropriate chapter books.
Middle and High School Students
With our middle and high school students, we work on reading in the context of their school classes:
- Literature reading strategies: For students who struggle with comprehending books and literature, we emphasize active reading strategies such as annotation. We also we discuss, deconstruct, and write about the text in order to deepen understanding.
- Textbook reading strategies: It's normal for students to be challenged by the language and content found in many textbooks. For these students, we teach a variety of reading strategies, including how to take effective notes. Although it may not seem like it, note-taking is a key reading comprehension strategy because it forces students to pull the main ideas from the passage.
- Reading support strategies: Sometimes students have not mastered the underlying skills needed to be a successful reader. For example, they may read more slowly than their brain processes information, or they may not know how to effectively decode and segment unfamiliar words. We can support students who need help in these areas as well!
The summer is a great time to improve reading skills! In these summer programs, we emphasize students' ability to write about what they read, closely aligning our curriculum with common core standards. Many of our summer students also add on our Nurturing Readership program to spark excitement about reading!
If you’d like to help your child become a stronger and more confident reader, contact us today!