Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I talked about the perfect tenses---past, present, and future. These tenses are a little bit more obscure, and he did need some help. While doing the worksheet, he was able to form the tense based upon the context of the sentence, I helped him with forming his own sentencing and choosing the appropriate tense."
"Today we covered shapes and the letters "p" and "n". The student is making great strides and has began to do her work independently with minimal guidance when reviewing letters and their sounds. She is able to identify all shapes (rectangle, triangle, circle, square, trapezoid, hexagon, octagon, and rhombus) She is also able to recall how many sides there are to each, and when she doesn't remember, she counts them without prompt! She has become more clear to understand and is working hard on putting letters together to form words."
"Today we continued working on the verb tenses. We reviewed the perfect tenses one more time and learned the progressive tenses. Also, we practiced the long and short "u". I gave the student some homework, so he can keep practicing the verb tenses until our next session."
"For our session today, we covered sentence structure, spelling, and writing. I brought an activity designed to help her put words together to form a sentence and I was pleasantly surprised to find that she excelled at it! It's clear that the student has strong recognition of English grammar rules and logic, and the challenge is mostly with writing and spelling. Our spelling worksheets showed me which words she has difficulty with. We worked on the long "A" sound and how that sound is commonly expressed in English words. Finally, we practiced free writing. The student struggles with initiating topics herself, but she is highly responsive when I ask her a specific question and have her write the answer. I left her with a spelling worksheet that I'm sure she'll do well with! I recommend we focus on spelling/vocabulary and writing practice."
"In this session, the student read a New York Times article aloud and we went over new vocabulary and phrases and discussed the article. We also watched a news report about police tactics (SWAT) and discussed police and current events. In the upcoming sessions we are going to watch and discuss business presentation videos that the student has."
"Today we talked about more English phrases that she might here or use in her classes and everyday life. We then talked at length about the differences between Japanese and American convenience stores and our first time experiences seeing convenience stores in each others' country. She talked a little about how she does not like certain foods as well. Lastly, we talked at length about the American post-secondary education system and how she might go about getting a degree in the US so she can be a practicing CPA here."
"Tonight the student and I worked on the verbs have been and has been. We reviewed a chart of conjugations. She also did editing work on various sentences to appropriately use have been, has been as well as various other verb tenses. The student continues to make progress and can recite and apply reasons for most of what the rules or reasoning is for appropriate writing and speaking in English. Student is struggling less with the difference between have been and has been compared to last session. She still makes grammatical errors, however, they are less than when we began. Extra practice is to continue to apply our sessions in her professional writing. The student is doing well."
"Tonight we were able to establish a routine we will follow for class. The student seemed more at ease and was able to converse with less difficulty. I wrote notes for some corrections I made, and she will review them and practice the structures for our next class."
"We continued to focus on Business English and the types of conversations that people have in the workplace of America. I gave the student a small quiz to test his skills in articles. I also had some role playing activities for us that would be conversations that could take place at work. We talked about the types of questions that you may hear from a business reporter or client."
"The student and I did introductions. I learned about her goals for the tutoring sessions and we planned the upcoming sessions over the next few weeks. Her English speaking is good and will get even better with more time. Her comprehension is perfect! We are going to work on expanding her vocabulary. We will also work on her reading and writing abilities. She is a very enthusiastic student and I look forward to working with her further."
"We went over the specific problems the student is having with sentence structure. We worked in many different types of reading, vocabulary, fill in the blank, and question/answer exercises. I also recommended materials to study between sessions."
"The student and I covered all types of exercises about grammar, vocabulary, spelling, conjugation, reading and speaking. She was good at understanding and answering very well all the written exercises."