Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I spent the first 45 minutes of the session with student #1 and we continued building his house and playing games while reviewing the previous vocab. For example, we reviewed rocket, airplane and car, as well as numbers. He did remember most of them. Today's new vocab were: house and car tires and he was very talkative today. The second 45 minutes I spent with student #2 and we reviewed the previous vocab on the white board, reviewed the body parts and she did remember them! We also drew pictures on the wall while writing Chinese characters at the same time. Today she learned how to write "mountain" and she also she learned two more colors: orange and green. She also learned a new body part: ears. We danced and played and she is good at counting 1-3 now."
"The student was reviewing vocabulary from class. We spent a few moments going over the 4 writing rules for proper stroke order. He was able to correctly do each of the rules by explaining it and demonstrating it with air writing. He also reviewed some of the Chinese radicals, which he is learning are very important for being able to remember the meaning of characters. He did a great job of describing the radicals in Chinese to the teacher in a mini game for the teacher to guess it. Last, he learned food vocabulary and recalled the different words with intelligent methods that he thought of by himself or remembered clues given by the teacher. He was able to apply the words to a skit, so that he is prepared to order simple foods at a food store. The student is encouraged to answer questions with complete answers and he can become more familiar with this by listening to some recordings made by the teacher and he can watch videos in the language."
"During our first session, I got to know the student more about his Chinese language learning background. The concepts we covered specifically are about basic greeting language, self introduction, dining in a restaurant, and some additional things that the student wanted to learn. He was struggling most with the long sentence, but this will not be an issue in the long term, because he works hard and he has some learning foundation from his youth. The student's attitude was great and he was ambitious about language learning. I did include some memorizing strategies and study skills in this session to help him improve, such as reading a long sentence by memorizing different parts. We had good communication, and he also gave me advice on how to help him learn more things in our meetings."