Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session students worked on three poems from a narrative booklet. Most of the students managed to timely do all three steps of the assignment. More time needs to be spent on analysis and comprehension of material."
"We spent this session talking about the student's educational goals, his level of English comprehension, and things he could do on his own to increase his fluency."
"In this session we looked over a practice exam, had a conversation, and discussed the student's upcoming plans. In our next session, we are going to work more on humor/jokes and ice breakers for social situations."
"Both students were present. For this session, we worked on professional writing and how to tell a joke. I asked them to write general and specific definitions for a few terms so we can discuss explanatory writing on Wednesday. For the biographical writing, I showed them how to write a third person introduction, and had them write one during our session. We reviewed them for grammar and content. For the jokes, we talked about different styles and puns. This is a major part of furthering their understanding. We wrapped this up by discussing how the rhetorical situation and word meanings affect humor and shared understanding."
"We reviewed for next week's conference. We edited the written material, practiced the oral speech and revised some of the content. It was essentially an extension of last week's session. Overall, I think it was very productive."
"Today we started with vocabulary and vowels a and e (short and long). The student practiced reading and recognizing the different vowel sounds. Then, we continued learning about nouns and their function as subject, direct and indirect object and object of preposition. In addition, we reviewed the helping verbs and left some homework that she will try to complete for our next session."
"Today the student worked hard on developing the "h" and "f" sounds. We practiced writing the letters and identifying pictures that had the initial consonant. She also learned about circles and squares. She remains interested and enthusiastic to learn even when she makes a mistake or is corrected to pronounce more fluently. She had perfect scores on her lessons and is remembering traditional English phrases such as "Hello!" and "See you tomorrow!""
"The student did a lot of writing today! We played a spelling word matching game, and after each game we created funny sentence using the words. I also tested her on spelling of common words to see where there is room for improvement. Finally, we practiced synonyms. She has an excellent vocabulary."
"Since this was my first time talking to the student, we used the session to get to know each other which gave her practice with self-introductions, explaining her schedule and talking about her family. Specifically, we talked about places in Japan we are both familiar with, her move from Japan to this country, her family members, and her cat. Our goal is to practice conversation skills, so I used the whiteboard to write down the phrases that were new to her so that she could record them for herself. She is coming up on a busy weekend so we will resume next time and continue our discussion, possibly with a more specific focus to our conversation based on what we spoke about today."
"We worked on subjunctive verb form of "or" and "nor" along with compound verb agreement today. The student also worked on passive and active voice. She gave me some bar exam essay materials so I can effectively plan for Wednesday when I will review her writing and she will take a practice essay exam."
"The session went really well; we are reading articles together, and I have been teaching some advanced idioms and expressions in American English. Her goal is to be perfectly conversational in American English, and so far she is well on her way to reaching that goal. She has some pronunciation and grammar deficiencies, but I look at her case as generally extremely improvable. She is very motivated to improve, and I believe that we will see significant improvement."
"During my session with the student, we worked on editing and composing her work emails. The student struggled with the placement of prepositions and definite articles in her emails, but she seemed very positive and eager to improve her written English. For extra practice, I gave the student some packets on verb tenses which we will review during our next session. I also gave her additional reading material to help her develop a stronger vocabulary. I do not have any concerns from this session, I think the student has a very strong work ethic which will help her improve her English and excel in her career here in the US."