Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I talked about the difference between formal and informal English. We did a worksheet where the student was able to identify aspects of formal and informal English in writing. After this, we wrote a mock email to a fictitious business contact using formal English."
"Today the we practiced writing responses with the same articles as yesterday, "The Patriotic Pizza" and "How Cool is Pluto." Students were successful at following the exam structure, however, a few students could locate accurate evidences to answer the questions. Two of the students were not able to complete questions on time. More practice is needed."
"1. Introduced from phrasal verbs with "down" 2. Reviewed the phrasal verbs from last week with emphasis on understanding the verb phrases in the context of a sentence 3. Went over some often used phrases to help give and elicit opinions 4. Using photos from recent news events (ferry in Korea, Ukraine), we worked on explaining what happened in each event and what our opinions of the situations are 5. Read an article on dining etiquette abroad. We then discussed how we've been impacted by customs that are new to us at times. 6. Carrying on what we began last week, we worked on common vocab words for the home environment. This is to strengthen his small talk capabilities when he visits others or talks about things happening at home."
"We began by going over some vocabulary I had given him to learn last time. I then taught him some new vocab, kinship terms, and we reviewed the grammar from last time. Finally I introduced some basic English prepositions and conjunctions, and we did some translations for practice."
"Grammar and Beyond 2 Unit 30 Sleep and Subject Relative Clauses pp. 362-64 and 368-69 vocabulary: gene, mutation, DNA, chromosome who, that, which, where, when, why "Do you know someone who..." bingo ____ is the day in my country when________."
"We started by going over a book list that the student asked me to bring. It was a list of American literature (all fiction) which will guide them through sorting classic American literature and will help their reading skills. Then we reviewed a New York Times op-ed about the political implications of affirmative action as it relates to higher education. We mainly focused on pronunciation, as well as learning some new words in the article. Both students read it out loud to me and then we talked about intonation, pitch and rhythm. After going over some grammar and differences between conversational English and written English, I provided the students with another op-ed piece that they could review together before next week's session."
"In this session, we went over textbook grammar exercises focused on prepositions and verb tenses. We also discussed the assessment test and plan to determine when the student can take it this year. Finally, we spent time casually speaking, discussing a range of topics and new vocabulary."
"We spent some time reviewing the student's homework as always and I found he'd done a good job with the assignment. We spent most of the session reviewing reading comprehension work found in the SSAT workbook. We spent some time reading "Walden" by Thoreau."
"Both students were present for this session. We discussed their needs, and made a plan of action. To begin, we discusses prepositions, similes and metaphors, tense shifts, irregular verbs, and expanding vocabulary. I showed them Purdue OWL and reference.com resources. Our plan is to go over thesis formulas and paper outlines, along with email etiquette on Thursday."
"We covered informal business-oriented vocabulary and phrases and did some work on countable and uncountable nouns (like "people"). He could use some work on verb-noun agreement, but otherwise great work!"
"We went over words that used a to make the short o sound (aw, ard, ark, all) continuing our theme of phonics with the letter A. We used all the vocabulary words to write a full story, an exercise that showed me how creatively the student can think. We also went over prepositions."
"We reviewed superlative adjectives. We also worked on pronouncing vowel sounds. The student is eager to learn. She is doing excellent in her ESL class. She got 47 out of 50 questions correct on her last exam."