Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This evening the student and I talked more about informal and formal English writing. We compared example emails and picked out distinct phrases, placing them into formal or informal categories. We also looked at the most common grammatical mistakes made when writing. We then utilized a handout which detailed common formal phrases one can use when writing a business communication."
"Today we worked on RACE responses with the same passages as yesterday. The first response was tutor-led, and the students worked on the second passage individually. The students were successful at doing textual analysis and marking up the questions."
"We reviewed the verbs that I told him to learn last time, and some other vocabulary. We also reviewed some grammar, including pronouns and prepositions. I taught him a few phrases that will be useful for talking to the media and we went over how to negate sentences in English."
"Today we reviewed the article that I had brought last week for them to read during the week. We went over phrases and words that they were unfamiliar with and also reviewed pronunciation, intonation and pitch. Both students read sections of the article out loud. Then we reviewed euphemisms and the appropriate contexts for using certain euphemisms (e.g. professional versus casual context). Then we discussed idiomatic expressions and I gave them a worksheet to review and complete before next session so that we can review it together."
"We read a short newspaper article on California issuing driving licenses to immigrants. We discussed the pros and cons of this. We looked at several action photos and tried to explain what was happening in each photo. We completed a phrasal verb worksheet with phrases that include the particle "in.""
"General conversation. Listening and discussion about money, budgeting, savings and retirement. New vocab - put away money, social security, 401K, pay off a mortgage, set up a budget, run out of money. Her comprehension was very high."
"Both women were present for the session. They wrote essay reflections, and I edited them and discussed line-by-line grammar issues and verb/noun agreement. We also spent time discussing idiomatic expressions and how to use a thesaurus."
"In this session we resumed our curriculum, discussed the student's general progress, and decided to focus the tutoring toward the assessment. The student is aiming to take the assessment at the end of the year or early next year."
"We covered all of the perfect tenses used in spoken English: past perfect/pluperfect, the present perfect, the conditional perfect, and the conditional. We also discussed the conditional and certain useful phrases to ask for things at appropriate levels of formality or familiarity."
"We reviewed a large number of vocabulary words that were identified as likely to be seen in future SAT tests. He is making English vocabulary flashcards and learning the meaning. We did a brief passage from the SSAT practice book. The student will be taking a test I'll administer next week, at his parents suggestion to review his reading comprehension and vocabulary growth."
"Our first exercise was to look at and consider the student's five questions that he thought might generate a conversation with a stranger. We discussed each question, its merits and its shortcomings, to determine how effective it might be as a conversation starter."
"During my session with the student we worked largely on conversation. We also covered ordinal numbers, the ten best ways to learn English through immersion, email etiquette and formalities, and the vowel /i/ sound. For strategies to help her improve her English, I provided her with my top ten list for ways to learn English through immersion. The list includes activities like joining book clubs, keeping a journal, and going to her local library's socializing events. For extra practice, I left her with some advanced reading material and a movie which will be discussed at a local library's English and Spanish discussion circle. I do not have any concerns from this session, I feel her English will improve the more she practices English in different settings with different native speakers."