Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I spent the first half hour helping student #1 with his math homework and some Mandarin vocab. I spent the next half hour reviewing Chinese with student #2. He did better than the previous session."
"Prior to our meeting, I put together a ping yin sheet and typed up two reading passages. We went through the material and worked on reading and pronunciation. We focused on difficult words/sentences. The student currently needs to work on the third tone, but I do hear an improvement after multiple practices. We were able to get through both passages before the session ended."
"The students learned new words and expressions through the story "Monkeys Fish for the Moon" and the rhyme "where is spring". New words are: one day, to play, well, to fall, surprise, oh no, oh my god, don't be silly. How to ask a question: Where is it? There's... here, there's also... here."
"During our second session, we reviewed our first session on describing family members. The student was asked to translate from Chinese to English, then English to Chinese. We then spent about 15 minutes working on pronunciation, particularly on how to pronounce vowels. Then we worked on the subject of occupation/names of the professionals. During the last 30 minutes, we worked on one of her assignments on describing one's daily activities. She is particularly good at translating Chinese to English. I hope I can make learning Chinese more fun for her, but at her level it is input, input and input. And input means hard work."
"Yesterday we applied our transportation vocabulary by using the words in two short conversations. The student did a great job and is really working hard to remember and study her vocabulary. Next week we will learn about the Chinese New Year and the animals in the Chinese Zodiac. I hope that this will be fun, informative, and interactive."
"Today we practiced conversations at the market and the restaurant. We included numbers we previously learned and new vocabularies. The student learned the German vocabulary for the colors. I taught the different endings of adjectives depending on definite or indefinite articles and the gender of the following noun. The student practiced the grammar concept on the learned adjectives and nouns by translating whole sentences from English to German. With this new concept, she realized how many sentences she can already say in German. The student is now able to write words down correctly just by hearing the vocabulary, and she does a great job spelling words in German."