Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began the tutoring session with a review of parts of speech: noun, adjective, verb, pronoun, proper noun, possessive noun, tense (past, present, and future), conjunction, colon (punctuation), and semicolon (punctuation). The student is nearing mastery level of this material. After completing the three parts of speech worksheets, we moved on to vocabulary development. Today, I gave the student a review quiz on the vocabulary words in Chapter #3. Out of the 10 vocabulary words, the student correctly defined 7 of them (70%). After completing the Chapter #3 Review Quiz, the student and I reviewed the 10 new vocabulary words in Chapter #4. Following the review of the new vocabulary words, I gave the student a twenty-question quiz (to check for understanding). The student correctly answered all 20 questions (100% -- Bravo!). After completing the Chapter #4 vocabulary quiz, we then continued our study of idioms. Today, we reviewed the 14 new idioms in Section #4: "People Do the Strangest things". Some of the idioms in this specific section include: "on ice", "shoot the breeze", and "bite the dust". The student was familiar with many of the idioms in this section. After reviewing the new idioms, the student completed two grammar worksheets. Specifically, he finished two pages on "irregular verbs". On the first grammar worksheet, he scored 16 out of 16 questions correct (100%). On the second grammar worksheet, he got all 25 questions correct (100%). We finished today's tutoring session with writing. I asked the student to write a list of six adjectives that describe his restaurant. After completing the list, I asked him to write a paragraph about his restaurant -- to include the 6 adjectives that he just wrote. The student is a very strong writer. His descriptive images are very vivid and his use of adjectives are also excellent. He is very intelligent. At this point in time, his English just needs fine tuning."
"I helped the student edit the second draft of her research essay. We incorporated some research material into her essay and worked on further development of her arguments."
"We checked the homework assignment that I gave her. We corrected together to see all the mistakes, use of tenses, structure of the text, use of expressions, put it in the right English, and add link words in the text to give a better sense and structure. I gave her a spelling test as well with new words that she is going to study. I gave her a text as well, full of homonyms just to see if : when she hears words that sound the same (and pronounced the same), but that have a different spelling, if she is capable to choose the one with the right spelling. So basically, I wanted to see if based on the context she is capable of choosing the word with the correct spelling. She made few mistakes. I explained to her that the goal of this exercise is to test her comprehension of the text, this way she will know which one she needs to use. She has to think about what she hears and what she writes. She needs to read more and improve English pronunciation. Overall, it was a very good session. She is more open and less shy."