Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we have finished the topic of sickness. I had the student learn the words by showing the Pinyin and have her read by herself. It really helps if I don't read it for her first and helps her remember the pronunciation better if there's any corrections. Then we had some simple expressions and phrases commonly used when getting sick or not feeling comfortable. She also practiced online quizzes for those words. Recalling learned contents is always a bit challenging for her each time we learn something new. So I made up conversations including previous knowledge and the new ones. As usual, I copied her the session and helping website and asked her to practice when she has time (make sure her parents are aware of the task). Overall, she did a good job on this completely new topic."
"We started a new chapter covering vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension exercises. I suggested that for the upcoming AP test, she do practice questions in her prep book."
"Today, both students showed great progress with remembering simple phrases that we did in previous classes such as responding in Chinese with "Hello, teacher!" and "I'm ready!" and even playing the game "rock, paper, scissors!" The focus of the lesson was on people. They practiced the words through games, such as guess who? and a more fast paced game using 3 cups and guessing the right cup (labeled with a person vocabulary word) hiding the die. From their textbook, both students listened, as part of a review, the pinyin vowel sounds. The sounds are similar and may be difficult for them still, so I suggested to take their CD and listen and practice repeating the sounds for better retention. They did a fabulous job with their homework from last week and wrote down the next few exercises for this week."
"It was a good session. The student had a lot of medical related sentences for me to translate. He is going to examine patients in China this summer so he needs to learn these medical terms. We are going to keep learning more medical terms in the next few lessons. He's been practicing his Chinese speech with my recording as well."
"Today was our conversational class. We discussed the student's spring break. When he was talking about his spring break, I took some notes for him, for example, how to say manager."
"We practiced a lot more conversational skills and reading and writing Chinese. The student did really well, and I am impressed with how hard she worked. I think she is really getting the hang of the patterning and stroke order of the characters!"