Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the first session with the student. She wants to build academic writing skills. She can speak English well but lacks proficiency in writing. She brought a sample of her writing to the session today so we were able to go over some common errors she is currently making. A few important notes: 1. She is looking to solidify her understanding of English grammar and does not mind starting from scratch. 2. The best way for her to understand English composition is to break it down into formulas. 3. Next session, we will be working from instruction material that she already has and use her own writing as practice material."
"This session I noticed a positive shift in the student's confidence level and commitment to trying English. In previous sessions, I had to remind her more often to use English, or to try to explain a question in English before using Spanish, but this session she buckled down and used English for longer chunks of time and more fluidly with little prompting. I was encouraged by this progress. She is able to tell entire stories better than a couple weeks ago. She's still struggling with missing vocab, correct verb conjugation, and remembering to always have a subject in each sentence, so these are things I hope to focus on in coming sessions. Specifically, I introduced the student to a couple confusing English words: get/got and like. We went over the common meanings and uses and I asked her to listen carefully for them when talking to Americans to see if she can pick up on them. We also started going over verb conjugations (writing out some common verbs in past, present, and future). This seemed really helpful. The student was happy to have them written out, and starting picking up on the general rules (add "s" for 3rd person present, add "ed" for past, etc.) this is definitely an activity we'll continue. I also gave the student the resource a website, encouraging her to look through it even if it's hard to understand fully."
"The student is currently having some challenges with grammar. She is studying really hard to get on to the high ESL level. We went through all of the previous recent tests she had, and worked on her homework issues. She is getting a better understanding on grammar pieces that she did not understand before. We will meet during the weekend to catch up with the leftover parts of the homework, as well as prepare for the Monday test."
"This session took place online using the online tutoring platform. We covered some phonics/vocabulary for grade 4 and read two short stories, The Peanut Contest and Tony's Stories. Following this we worked on reading comprehension. Her homework is to write a paragraph from Tony's Stories."
"The student is taking the state assessment test this week, so I made sure we had some vocabulary exercises planned. We hadn't reviewed or used her eight vocabulary words from our last two sessions for a while, so I had the student go through each word, giving the definition in her own words without looking at the flashcards that I made her. I also had her talk about what part of speech each word was in order to better establish the meaning in her mind. Finally, I had her use each one in a sentence to practice using the words in context."
"For this session, the student and I first worked on practice problems from school, specifically 1st person, 2nd person, and 3rd person. We also created a graphic organizer for genres and subgenres. She enjoyed thinking of her own definition and picture for each. Lastly, we practiced money story problems. She did very well today, and we will be working on fractions next week."