Four Tutoring Strategies for Improving Reading Skills of Children

There are many strategies a tutor can use to improve the reading skills of a young reader – whether reading to a child, sharing reading, or listening to a child read aloud. Here, four strategies are listed which can be easily used by tutors to develop the reading skills of a child.

Few children will be able to read with substantial ease. Others need the one-on-one attention of a tutor to understand basic concepts to be motivated to read.

Tutoring strategies for improving reading skills

  1. Reading together
  2. Develop decoding strategies
  3. Helping children understand what they read
  4. Motivate children to become engaged writers

1.Reading together
Reading together is an additional strategy to promote reading skills and not a substitute for reading together or reading aloud. Few strategic ways of reading together can include Explicit reading, Implicit reading, Choral reading, Echo reading or Paired reading. Basic concepts of reading are followed in these approaches though has distinct features.

2. Develop decoding strategies
Engaged readers automatically use decoding strategies to figure out new words in the text. Tutors can utilize different approaches while using the decoding strategic method:

  1. Semantics
  2. phonics
  3. syntax
  4. visual

Some children develop decoding strategies over time with little direct instruction. Other children need one-on-one instruction to help them learn decoding strategies.

3. Helping children understand what they read
Reading involves making sense of the written word. Some children pronounce words correctly and read with ease, but don’t know the meaning of what they have read. As children increase their vocabularies, they begin to take more meaning from text.
You can help by encouraging a child to talk about what she has read, by pointing out new words and explaining their meaning

4. Motivate children to become engaged writers
As children become more skilled readers, they also improve their writing skills. Writing also contributes to growth in phonics, spelling, word recognition, memory, and reading comprehension. Many children enjoy writing their own journal. They might make up a completely new story or follow the same pattern as used in a favorite book. Tutors can follow a process of writing that evolves over time which includes choosing a topic, drafting, revising, conferencing, sharing, editing, and publishing.

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