Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we started off by working on responses to three questions - "What did you do this morning?" "What are you doing this afternoon?" and "Where are you going?" The student was reluctant to answer and at first mumbled her responses. However, when instructed she raised her voice and spoke clearly. We moved on to a 1st grade reading comprehension book her mom had purchased. We completed one lesson and she did very well, only missing one question. It is clear that her comprehension of English has improved dramatically. All that is left now is to boost her confidence so that she feels comfortable speaking. We finished the lesson by reading from "Inside Out" which she continues to look forward to at the end of each lesson."
"We spent a few minutes going over (and finishing) the student's homework from last week, which came from her citizenship exam textbook. Then we spent about an hour reading. She brought Level 2 books this time (usually we read Level 1) and I think it was a good challenge for her, even though we had to go over more vocab than usual. I'm glad she was up for the challenge and wants to progress. At the end of the session, we did an activity on the months of the year to practice reading/ spelling the months and to memorize when various holidays are. I first had her place the flashcards in month order (Jan-Dec), and then I had her place flashcards with holiday names under the correct month (Labor Day under Sept, etc.). For homework, I asked her to study those flashcards and will test her on the months next time we meet. She also has a worksheet to do from her textbook."
"Yesterday we discussed the upcoming holiday and the student's plans. Afterward we discussed idioms and also some studying strategies for the student to use."
"We started the lesson with songs to get her started and awake for the lesson. I taught her some rhyming songs to reinforce the idea of rhymes and how words can sound alike. I added some new letter and sound combinations to expand her growing knowledge of these to help her read. I also showed her how words can have the same sound with different letters, that they don't need to be spelled the same to sound the same. We also worked on writing numbers in letters so she could see the difference between how we write numbers and to show her how they are pronounced the same. It was a good lesson and she was engaged and paying attention for the entire time."
"Today the student and I focused on language, reading, and writing. We began our session with a spelling refresher where he spelled his words and used them in a verbal and written sentence. Then we practiced his math fact with add or subtract five. We concluded our session with a shared reading of the "Strong Man" where he was able to recall key details. We agreed that if he focused and showed effort that we could play a game at the end. He was able to identify spelling words during our conversation. He is showing growth in sentence formation and cohesiveness. We will continue to work on verbs in past tense. He liked this idea and worked hard until the end, when we played a math game that he really likes."
"We began today's session with a discussion topic. Today's topic was annoying things. The student and I discussed the meaning, as well as things that annoy us, and other people. He then worked on choosing the correct plural form for nouns. We read a nonfiction passage about Kevlar, and he answered the questions that followed. The last thing we worked on was extreme adjectives."
"Today the student and I practiced reading. She read aloud some texts to work on pronunciation and interpretation of English spelling. When finished, we spoke about the content of the texts to see if she understood them both as a whole and individually by sentence. Then we began working on the present perfect (have + past participle [e.g. have seen]). We spoke about how to form the present perfect and when to use it. Although she seemed to begin to understand, comprehending when to use the present perfect was most difficult for her. As a result, I left her with a worksheet to practice noticing the difference between the context for the present perfect vs. the past simple. This week, we will continue working on the present perfect."
"We discussed what the student felt like she needed help with for her classes and went over one of her free-writes she had done for her ESL class. We went over the different ways in which English forms the past tense, then discussed helping verbs and the progressive tenses. We discussed which grammar text she should get to help her improve her writing and went over possible activities that we will do at future sessions. The student was timid about her abilities but eager to improve."
"We had a good session today that focused on verb conjugation and sentence structure. We practiced some irregular past tense verbs and reviewed different ways to speak in the future. We then went over the order of English sentences, and each student came up with a work-related sentence that they initially wrote in Spanish. We then worked as a team to come up with possible translations and received explanations for why some choices were better than others. Students took the opportunity to practice pronunciation by reading the translated sentences aloud."
"I've realized that the student can deal with complex texts that even some native speakers could find difficult. He's doing very well."
"In today's session, we finished preparing and reviewing job specific terms/phrases. The student has a very important business trip coming up where she will need to apply her English skills, so we rehearsed and prepared for this trip referencing topics and forms that she would have to use during her meetings. Overall, her English fluency has significantly improved as she now uses idioms in conversation and is able to restructure dialogue to best suit the given interaction (formal vs. informal). I am confident that she will excel with her English skills next week!"
"The topics we worked on today included "The Science of Receiving Feedback," "13 Magic Tricks in 2 Minutes," "Flying Chinese Lanterns," "Visiting New York City: Times Square," "Finding Your Place in Business," "The Instant Gratification Game Show," and "What's Your Definition of Success?" We discussed the main ideas and specific details of the videos, and I explained to her new vocabulary that she hasn't learned before. I'm making a vocabulary list so that we can continue to review the new words next time."