Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student informed me of his desire to become a lawyer so I taught him some new vocabulary that pertains to law. I also provided him with a vocabulary notebook which we will use to record vocabulary words that he struggles with along with their definition, pronunciation, and common use. At the conclusion of our sessions, he will take this back to China with him. We also did a mock-trial speaking exercise to use the new vocabulary words and practice speech."
"We started with a review of the kitchen vocabulary. Student expressed a little difficulty with remembering and mentioned that taping the vocab to the items might be helpful. We then did a review of colors in English, which she did really well at, showing strong knowledge of the Spanish-English translation. We then focused on contractions and the use of apostrophes when talking about possession. She mentioned that she would like to incorporate more verb conjugations, so that will be the focus of one or more of our upcoming sessions."
"Today we worked more with sentence formation focusing in Spanish on to be, to have and to want. For the first time she formed more complex sentences; for example, she used the present progressive on her homework that I had given her last week, and during our session she formed a sentence with a conjugated verb followed by an infinitive. We spent a lot of time learning more emotions and practicing using them in sentences. Lastly we worked with some common words and phrases that she'll be hearing in the airport when she travels to South America. I left her with some sentences to translate along with the list of key travel vocabulary for her to look over before our next lesson on Thursday."
"We went over long vowel pronunciation and the pronunciation of short "a." We went over some regular verbs. We concentrated on "to want." We started work on "to be.""
"We discussed a topic out of a popular magazine and the student gave her opinions about the subject after we learned the new vocabulary."
"Guided exercise building vocabulary/reading comprehension. Discussed questions and conversation practice."
"Reviewed assessment test prompts and sample answers. Looked at ways to improve client's strategies at answering essays. Practiced writing theses for each of the assessment prompts."
"The student and I continued his English pronunciation poem, as well as our conversational practice, trying to eliminate his pauses."
"Today was our first session and we took some time to get to know one other. We then covered the student's general needs, desires and interests. The student then worked on a short written assessment test."
"Since gaining a better idea of areas to focus on in our last session, I prepared some reading comprehension activities for the student and I to work on together. We spent time reviewing terms she had questions on. Her passage analysis is good. For reading comprehension, we will try to focus on finding clues to reach answers, since not all information is explicitly stated in reading comp passages. After that we began some grammar activities out of her new grammar workbook. For our next session, I am preparing some more structured grammar activities and possibly some online games/lessons to work on together."
"This semester the student and I will work on organization, he needs to remember that it is his responsibility to bring home any and all homework...we will work on putting away our work in an orderly fashion. For math, we will practice verbally explaining how we arrived at the answer."
"Went over next chapter in The Giver. Talked about the essay. Made an outline and I showed the student how I want each paragraph formed: topic sentences, transition words, and those types of things."