Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we again reviewed all the terms we learned about from last class. I am glad the student still remembers most of the content and can pick up unfamiliar terms quickly. I introduced two sentences, "I like eating apples" and "I like drinking water", by using the real objects. I think the Total Physical Response approach is quite effective, since it requires learners to actively act out meaning. We also listened to more songs, and the student can relate some of the lyrics with what we just learned in class."
"We had a quiz on the words that the student needs to know. He did well, he only got 1 wrong. Then we worked on his Chinese homework. There were some vocabulary words he forgot, so he had 12 vocab words for homework and will have a quiz next week. We also read a dialogue from his workbook and answered questions."
"1. I covered the topic on weather, traveling experience and habits. 2. The student needs to practice on her Chinese language class. 3. The student will prepare a paragraph of essay written in Chinese. The topic is my habits. She will read the paragraph next time we meet and I will go over her writing and speaking."
"We read though the book on the section of Mid-Autumn Festival. The student's pronunciation is getting better. There are still many vocabulary she needs to review and remember. There are no extra practice because she will have a quiz tomorrow."
"We spent about half an hour on algebra and an hour on Mandarin. First, we went over the student's homework (translating word phrases into mathematical expressions, solving equations). He seemed to grasp it fairly well for the most part. For Mandarin, we reviewed the 20 common radicals that he is expected to know in class by the end of the week. We practiced writing them, and then I tested him on the radicals, five at a time. By the end he was able to identify most radicals and their meanings just by hearing the Chinese word."
"To begin, we practiced conversing in Mandarin. I asked the student some questions we had worked on previously and had him answer me in Mandarin. He did pretty well with this. We then continued to work on his Mandarin homework from before. We finished writing a short essay in Mandarin and then I helped him create some sentences using certain words. At the end I encouraged him to learn more Chinese characters."