Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed grammar structures and reading comprehension. We later practiced translation exercises that combined grammar and vocabulary review. The student did well."
"We made a chart of the advantages and disadvantages of living at home, at dormitory or renting a place outside of campus and wrote a paragraph by using the chart to describe the boarding issue that college students may encounter."
"We studied some review materials her professor gave her for her mid-term test. We reviewed the sentence structures and I asked her questions in Chinese, so she can get familiar with the pronunciation."
"We had fun today! they were more comfortable with me than the last time, so we played many games together, during the games, I tried to speak Chinese and English at the same time, and instead of saying too much, I picked a couple of words and keep using it and repeating it so they'll remember them better. The student even learned how to write her first ever Chinese word: "heart", then we also reviewed 1-3, today's new vocab and phrase were: 4, 5, "where are you?" "I'm here" "fly" "heart" and "ball"."
"I practiced with the student with questions and answers in Chinese to review what he has learnt so far. I gave him several tips studying Chinese, such as how Chinese doesn't have verb variations, fun ways to memorize characters, using the Ebinghaus memory curve to efficiently manage your study-review intervals to improve long-term memories etc."
"In today's session, I wanted to take a break from the previous concepts that we have covered to re-cap on some very basic terms that the student will be able to use with any Chinese person that she meets. I don't think she remembers much of the greetings that she learned from her previous tutor, so I began with "zao shang hao" (good morning) and "ni hao ma?" (are you doing well?) as well as the appropriate responses. Then, I taught her how to say "zai jian [lao shi]" (goodbye [teacher]). I started with just a few terms, so that she can pick them up more easily without getting overwhelmed. During the second half of our session, we played with an app called "Kids Learn Mandarin." It contains one free lesson, and we were able to get through all of the games during this time. I informed the student's mother about the app after the session, so she is downloading it for the student to play during the week. She seemed to really enjoy it, and I think it is definitely worth purchasing the other lessons."
"I taught the pupil how to input Chinese characters into his phone and laptop using a Romanized phonetic alphabet. We reviewed common phrases he could use in his business travels including how to order beverages and how to say the containers they come in. I wrote them in his notebook using Chinese characters, Romanized Pinyin, and English translations. I then recorded them into a voice memo on his phone."
"We began reading the student's assignment for the discussion on Friday. He practiced reading a children's story to me in Chinese to work on fluency."