Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over the essay that she had written about Jackie Robinson. She had met with her teacher to see what she needed to improve. We researched Jackie Robinson and she rewrote her essay. She was to turn in her first draft to see how much she improved."
"We worked on the student's school assignment "Daily Life in Ancient Rome," discussing the organization and grammar. She is perceptive and has good critical thinking skills. We moved on to a discussion of her current reading "The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963," and I gave her a copy of Martin Luther King's "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" as background for the novel; I also gave her John Steinbeck's short story "How Mr. Hogan Robbed A Bank" for future reading."
"The student continued working on his latest vocabulary list. He needed to explain how he felt about certain situations regarding each word, explaining in a way that illustrated his understanding if the vocabulary word. For example, when asked if cheating on a test was a moral issue, with moral being the vocabulary word, He answered "Yes, because cheating is wrong and morals are about right and wrong." He retained about 80 percent of the words, and the rest he needed a refresher. He and I also reviewed the rules for possessive nouns."
"Today, we focused on English, Lesson 12. The student decided that the two stories from this unit which she would like to write about are "Business at Eleven," and "Stray." She began with the first story, and I showed her how to format an outline. She followed the information given to her in the assignment for organization: character backgrounds; character traits; families and other important main characters as they relate to the two characters; the major conflicts and/or challenges and how the characters for and overcame them; and the theme of each story. We spent the entire 90 minutes analyzing the story, and creating the outline."
"The student and I went over additional vocabulary words. He is picking up a lot if new vocabulary and seems to be retaining these words. Afterwards we practiced making words with letter tiles."
"The student wrote a persuasive essay about why he should get a puppy. We discussed the fundamentals of being persuasive in an essay. He wrote two more essays: where he would live and why, and the superpower he wishes he had and what he would use it for. He has a very good understanding of English and has no issues putting that into words, on paper, or verbally. In addition, we did a verb exercise that distinguished past, present, and future tenses. We did the vocabulary exercise once again, expanding his vocabulary, and really pushing him with time limits in English."
"The student and I finished Diary of a Wimpy Kid. When he builds a lot of momentum, he starts to trip over some of his words. I encouraged him to slow down, taking pauses at appropriate punctuation. The dental fricative continues to give him trouble, which is something he will need to actively practice."
"We worked on telling time and daily routines. The student did very well with telling time and picked up the vocabulary for daily routines quickly. She enjoyed the story associated with the telling time exercise and it also provided us with the opportunity to continue practicing describing people. She is talking more and more in English. We wrapped up the lesson by continuing "Inside Out." Another great lesson."
"Today we reviewed the concepts that were covered the previous Thursday in order to have all students up to speed. Attendance was much stronger and students were engaged with the material. We went over verb tenses (present, present progressive, past, future) and conjugations of some important verbs (to be). We practiced the WH words and formed questions relevant to work duties and activities, then practiced conversation. Students were asked to give feedback on the classes at the end of session, to identify what has been helpful, and where they would like more support."
"The student and I covered all short vowel sounds. We watched an instructional video and practice pronunciation. Then we played a card game where he had to match pictures with items containing short vowels to the correct short vowels. I reinforced his recognition of short vowels with worksheets in which he had to fill in the blank to complete the desired words containing short vowels. This week is his first week of school in the United States, so we also reviewed common expressions and greetings."
"We read the beginning of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone. The student created new flashcards for new vocabulary in the beginning of the book. We practiced speaking conversationally about students' weekend and the games they like to play."
"Yesterday the students and I talked about some events that occurred near their place of work. They provided insight into some key differences between their own culture and that of their current home."