Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student A did great today. He talked more than usual. We played and reviewed some words. Today's new vocab words included: scary, smart, and yes. Student B and I played a game called "fish and crocodile". We also reviewed other animals she already knew. She also learned how to say "mine." We did a little more review on vocab."
"Since the student has finished with her final and did well, we decided not to use worksheets for this session but spent some time practicing her speaking and conversational skills."
"This session consisted of finishing up the five question leading words, and practicing some question associating with the real situations that she might face abroad."
"Today's session with the student took us in a lot of different directions - probably too many, which was my fault. She's such a good student that I sometimes forget she's only in her third or fourth week of studying Mandarin! We worked on different ways of saying "I can" using verbs. This would have been a more profitable exercise, I think, if she had slightly more concrete vocabulary under her belt. She did great anyway - next time, we will focus on something easier: the phrases "today," "yesterday," and "tomorrow", which do interesting things in Chinese, a language with no real tenses."
"During this session, we took a look at the extra practice writing assignment. Out of 19 sentences, 5 had zero errors, 5 only had 1-2 minor corrections and 5 had significant corrections. I was very pleased to see how much the student has improved thus far. We also went over new grammar patterns as well as introducing new vocabulary. In this session, the student has also shown significant improvement in identifying the correct tones. The student is still having some difficulty identifying "ch" and "q" sounds. However, considering his progress thus far, I believe he will improve. The student was pleased to figure out new ways of saying things, as well as being able to understand why certain statements are worded in such ways. For extra practice, the student is to describe a room and identify objects within that room."
"First of all, it was great to know the student practiced Chinese outside of class! This way, he can reflect on questions or concerns he has as we advance. Today, we went over greetings, some sports items, and different time periods of a day. We learned something new: some breakfast items, more sports, question words, and combining words and phrases into easy sentences. Being patient and persistent is essential in learning a language. Keep it up!"