Reading Comprehension Skill Building

Reading comprehension is the most valuable skill for academic success. Help your student better understand what she reads!

Locations: Online, Burlingame, Danville, Lafayette, Los Altos,  Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, San Mateo, Saratoga, Woodside

Cost: $120/hr

Recommended hours: 10-12


  • Cultivate reading comprehension skills that can be used across a variety of academic courses
  • Attune students to the nuances of what they read
  • Equip students with specific note-taking strategies to facilitate better understanding of what they read
  • Encourage a passion for the written word

To Enroll Call (650) 331-3251/ (408) 345–5200


Course Description:

AJ Tutoring’s summer reading comprehension course prepares students for all levels of text-based, elementary, middle and high school courses (English, history, government, economics, to name a few) by equipping students with the skills they need to analyze the written word. It will cover rhetorical analysis (identifying occasion, audience, purpose, and tone), as well as strategies for close reading (interpreting how stylistic choices contribute to the meaning of a passage). Although the emphasis of the course is on rudimentary reading comprehension, this customized reading comprehension program can also delve into more advanced approaches to poetry, Shakespeare, and longer novels.

Reading Comprehension Skill Building Topics:

We will select and teach the topics that will best match your student’s level and interest and build a personally tailored curriculum from these sample lessons.

Phonics (Beginning Readers)

Phonics bridges the gap between spoken and written English, teaching children the relationship between letters on a page and written English.

Building Vocabulary

Vocabulary is acquired through direct instruction by introducing 8-50 words per week and by teaching skills for vocabulary aquisition.

Reading for Meaning

Good readers read for meaning rather than words. They read with purpose and ask questions as they read.

Rhetorical Analysis

Articulating how the author writes: word choice, sentence structure, punctuation, purpose, intended audience,etc…

Close Reading

Reading to uncover layers of meaning leads to deeper comprehension.

Note Taking

The more you think about, rewrite, reword, and consider what you’ve read, the better you’ll be able to remember what you’ve read.

Skimming and Scanning

Focusing on the relevant parts of a text is vital to success in school. These techniques help students find specific facts in text and quickly pull out main ideas.


Good reading sounds like “real” language. Increased fluency helps students improve comprehension and makes reading more enjoyable.

Make the Most of the Summer!

Students who stay actively engaged in the learning process during the summer perform better during the school year.

Contact AJ Tutoring to Enroll in Summer Tutoring
Peninsula Main Phone Number (650) 331-3251
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