Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we discussed some idioms and synonyms that the students brought up. After our discussion yesterday, the students were even more talkative and directed much of the session."
"We spent the first part of the session going over some vocab and spelling. The student is improving but it definitely helps to have her just copy some words until she's totally comfortable with them. We talked through some US trivia information and about the first settlers in America. Then we spent about 45 minutes reading. The book was a little more challenging, and we might be better off going back to Level 1 books, but I'm glad that she wanted to challenge herself (she picks out the books). Her actual reading was pretty fluid but we had to go over some vocab and big picture ideas. She is definitely improving."
"We started the lesson by going over the student's school materials so I could see what she would be working on in class to correlate our lessons. We went over some of her handouts in her school folder, including vowels and consonants. I reviewed the difference between consonants and vowels. We then read a few stories together, with me reading the words, her following along and then repeating what I said. It was good practice for her pronunciation. One of the stories had rhymes, so we went over rhyming words again. I gave her 3 words and she had to choose which 2 sounded the same. I wrote the 2 rhyming words for her so she could see how words can sound alike but be spelled differently. At the end we started making a book, which was something she did in school and really liked."
"The student and I focused mostly on oral communication. We reviewed the present perfect tense orally, practicing asking questions and responding to them in the tense. We also talked about the proper way to talk about time and dates. Today she received her English book, so we spent some time discussing how we should proceed. She would like to follow along the book, so for homework, she will review the chapters she has already done. On Friday, we will review the present simple tense."
"During today's session we read some sentences and worked on choosing the appropriate prepositions. The student has shown much improvement in this area. Since pronunciation can sometimes be difficult for him, we worked on "v" words as well as voice and voiceless "th" words."
"We read through the student's essay that is due for her ESL class. We talked about the function of verbs, nouns, and adjectives in sentences. We also discussed some distinctions between prepositions. We talked about making sure that her essay fully addressed the prompt, and we adjusted it so that it did. We also discussed the different ways that you can describe things in a paper."
"The student and I worked on some vocabulary, as usual. Also during this session we worked a lot on pronunciation of the "th," "r," and "le" sounds as she struggles with those. She has improved immensely. She now knows what to do with her tongue to make those sounds properly in American English, she just has to keep practicing."
"We reviewed last session's vocabulary. She was able to give the definition and use words correctly. I introduced new vocab: produce, delicatessen, dairy and many other words related to shopping. I introduced homophones like sail and sale, aisle and isle. Words were given on note cards for practice. She gave sentences and definitions as practice to her husband. We practiced with the family often. She is a diligent worker!"
"The student is strong in math, but reluctant to speak, as English isn't her first language. I have requested that her father get a weekly work packet so that we can complete work at home and help her keep up with her classmates. We will work from her class materials and supplement with ESL texts."
"We finished the lesson on Japanese festivals matching vocabulary words to their definitions. We identified word roots and their meanings, using vocabulary words as nouns and verbs in different contexts and we also worked on adjectives. In addition I helped him write out his goals and general plan for a science project he was assigned. We need to continue working on vocabulary and general comprehension, specifically the ability to recognize the main ideas in a text."
"We went over specific interview questions that the student had and made a plan for the next few sessions."
"We met for the first time in a few weeks, and had a great session! We did basic conversations about music and university life."