Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on his assignment translating 10 Chinese sentences into English. Then we worked on our PowerPoint reviewing what we have learned: how to talk on the phone, the basic sentence structures " I have" "I don't have" "I like" "I don't like" and then we reviewed adjectives."
"This is the first session with the student. It is important to me to not only get to know the student better but also understand their objectives with our sessions. He is more interested in building his conversational skills in Mandarin, so our sessions will mostly be built around helping him speak and comprehend spoken Mandarin. We will be starting with the Pinyin table, to familiarize him with common sounds and pronunciations in Mandarin, then move forward from there."
"Today we held the chapter test for chapters 1-3. The chapter test consisted of 4 sections - Vocabulary, speaking, important Chinese radicals and reading. We tested each of the three students individually. The first student was very strong in vocabulary, speaking and reading. At this time root recognition is more important than writing, which we won't do until much later. The second student performed decently well at most things, especially vocabulary and speaking. He had the most trouble with reading because he had trouble with character recognition. I helped him by giving him some visual tricks such as seeing a +/- sign in the word and breaking characters into their radicals. Finally we tested the third student who did surprisingly well in Chinese radicals, scoring the highest of the three in that section. He was strong in reading as well. For next week I had them print out the best set of chapters up to Chapter 6. For our next session, we will begin the next chapter - Chapter 4."
"We finished up the sentences from last week (we constructed three based on new vocab). Then, we reviewed for the student's vocab quiz tomorrow on aviation terms. I created practice fill-in-the-blank questions with multiple-choice answers. She seems to be very comfortable with the material and should do very well!"
"We worked on terms related to finding an appropriate store for something, as well as making comparisons of superior/ inferior things (i.e. Beijing is colder than Paris, this store is cheaper than that store)."
"The student is a smart and conscientious student! Today we corrected the sentences in the pen pal project, put words into right orders, and brushed up on word pronunciation. Also, we learned food items in a restaurant and ways to order. It was very pleasant to work with him."