I have a pupil who I have completely failed to teach sight reading to. He is playing pieces at grade 8 level, but struggles with grade 1 sight reading. The issue is his learning style - he studies the score while listening to recordings, then memorises, so his reading skills are very poor. I have tried random notes so he has to find them quickly, and music without clefs so he can follow the line rather than reading the notes, but he always stops and goes back over what he has played until it is perfect - he doesn't seem to be able to stop himself. He knows I won't let him take the grade 8 exam until he can pass the sight reading as he is hoping for a distinction, but nothing seems to help. I have never experienced sight reading so bad before (my dyslexic pupil is better at it!) and I am really running out of ideas.