Each child is unique and progresses at different rates. As they master skills, their needs change. As a tutor, it is my responsibility to be aware of of this and make necessary changes so that they not only succeed, but continue to succeed.
As an AmeriCorps member (which is sort of like the domestic version of the Peace Corps), I tutored students in K5 - 3rd grade who struggled in reading. Using the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS), I assessed their skill levels, which varied from emergent reader (i.e. some knowledge of the alphabet) to beginning reader, and tailored the lesson plans to suit their needs. Also, through using PALS, I was able to monitor each students' progress and make changes to the lessons as needed.
Currently, I use the "Qualitative Reading Inventory (5th ed.)" published by Allyn & Bacon, which assesses reading and comprehension from emergent to high school level. It is a research based approach and highly recommended in my literacy courses for graduate Education students. Using the results from the assessment and working with you (or your child) to find out the best way you (or he/she) learns, I tailor each lesson plan. In writing the lessons plans, I try to make it engaging, tailoring it to your learning style (tactile, kinesthetic, visual, auditory, etc.) and interests. (Who wants to learn to read by using a book written on something you're not interested in?)
Through these methods, my previous students have been able to raise their reading abilities 2-3 grade levels.