There are many strategies that readers use when understanding text. Obviously, age, among other factors, will play a significant role in how a person processes and interacts with what they are reading. In-home tutoring can help an individual who is struggling to read and/or comprehend what they read on an adequate level to identify and develop the strategies that work best for them.
Reading Success Lab works with children through the eighth grade. Our tutors and software program are the best around. Reading Success Lab teaches four strategies for helping our students read, understand what they read, and retain the information that they read better.
When good readers make connections, they hook new information from text to information that they already know. This is when learning and understanding take place. Our tutors know how to ask emerging readers specific questions to help them make connections. Eventually, even students with learning disabilities will learn to do this automatically.
There are three ways that readers make connections:
- Text to self (How would you feel if the wolf was trying to get into your house?)
- Text to text (Have you ever read another book with pictures like these?)
- Text to world (Have you ever heard of anything like this happening in real life?)
At Reading Success Lab, our tutors know how to prompt young readers with questions that increase their attention and comprehension.
Retelling occurs when a reader can retell different parts of a story in his or her own words. Reading Success Lab in-home tutoring help young people develop their retelling skills by asking them questions, such as “What was the most important thing in this story?” “Did this story teach us a lesson?” “What happened next?” Having the student draw pictures of the main events of the story in the correct order is another way to help them develop retention and retelling skills.
Good readers ask questions while they are reading. Sometimes, the questions come up because the reader is curious, or they don't understand something mentioned in the story. We give our students workbooks and notebooks for them to write down their own questions as they read. Examples of questions might look like, “I wonder why the wolf wanted to get into the pig's houses?” Why did some of the pigs buy straw and wood instead of bricks?
Making predictions can help readers stay engaged with the text. We'll ask questions like, “Is this story real or pretend (fiction or non-fiction)?” “What do you think will happen next?” “Do you think the wolf will be a good guy or a bad guy?”
Contact Reading Success Lab
For the best in-home tutoring, either give us a call or reach out online. We can provide your child with an in-home tutor who will use a variety of teaching aids after assessing your child's current strengths and weaknesses in reading. We'll monitor your tutor for quality purposes and make sure your child is growing his reading skills and comprehension.