Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For Spanish, we worked on present-tense conjugations of the verb "estar" and vocabulary. In history, we studied the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires; key figures, and changes over time."
"This was my first tutoring session with the student. We began our lesson with a review of parts of speech: noun, adjective, verb, pronoun, proper noun, possessive noun, and tense (past, present, and future). She is a very strong English speaker, thus we are just reviewing basic, academic English terms. After the student completed the parts of speech worksheet, we moved on to vocabulary development. I am using a vocabulary cartoons book. We reviewed the 10 new vocabulary words in Chapter 1. As we were working on this specific chapter, the student took written notes. After we were done reviewing the Chapter 1 vocabulary words, I gave the student a twenty-question quiz (to check for understanding). After we finished with vocabulary development, we moved on to English grammar. Specifically, we worked on verb tenses (past, present, and future) and principal parts of verbs (present, present participle, past, and past participle). She completed two worksheets on these English topics. After completing the two English worksheets, we moved on to idioms. For the review of English idioms, I am using a book on American English idioms. She and I reviewed the 10 idioms in Section One: "It's a Zoo Out There." This specific section included idioms such as "Smell a Rat", "Go to the Dogs", and "Fishy." The book includes a clever illustration for each idiom. Also, below the illustration is the meaning / definition of the idiom. Below the definition of the idiom is a brief phrase that includes the specific idiom -- used in a correct context. We concluded our tutoring session with a brief discussion of using humor and sarcasm. She was very attentive during our tutoring session. She was focused on the task at hand. Thus our lesson was very productive."
"At today's session, I met with the first student for 1 hour, and then his sister for the other hour. With the first student, we read Chapter 19 of To Kill a Mockingbird. We listened to an audio recording of it, and followed along in the book. Then, we discussed a little of what we read and I asked him some important questions regarding the content of the chapter. Then, we read a summary of the chapter online. Finally, I had him complete a 10 question quiz on Chapter 19, online. He got 100%, and I was very happy. With the second student, we read through some of her graphic novel Persepolis. She says that her class will start reading it in school soon, so she wanted to get a head start. Her mother wanted me to work with Noel on her reading comprehension and expression. We read through 2 short stories in Persepolis together, and all throughout, I asked her questions about what was going on. She seemed to have a very good grasp of the plot. I had her read the text aloud, and I did not notice any problems with her verbal output."