Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I began the session by having the student review the different pronunciations from last week -- he was able to say most of them correctly without my help, and I provided some guidance for the more difficult letters. We then proceeded to cover three more chapters, teaching the "s, z, c, q, and zh" sounds. The student will continue to practice these, and I will continue to go over them in future lessons. After spending about 50 minutes on the pronunciations, we moved on to the lesson book, in which we reviewed chapter 1 and covered chapters 2 and 3. He is making quick progress through the materials and has a curiosity that really helps him grasp all of the new information/material (for example, he was noticing a pattern in the pronunciation book of learning different numbers, so I taught him how to speak and write Chinese numbers). For homework, I have asked him to continue practicing his pronunciation and review chapters 2 and 3 in the textbook."
"The students learned to describe the levels such as: very, very much, extremely, and super. From the word super, we explored the names of some famous superheroes. They then learned the way to say a little, a tiny bit. Then we practiced on saying a little bigger, a little smaller, a little earlier, a little later, a little colder, a little warmer, a little lighter, a little heavier, a little taller, a little shorter, etc."
"We reviewed previously learned vocab first. I selected about 20 words. The new vocab for today were: day/sun, month/moon, eye, wood, woods, forest, born, sky. The story of the day was "The Old Man and the Monkeys", and the book she choose to read was "Sports Competition". I told her from now on, we will start to write short mini stories by using words we have already learned, and hopefully by end of the first "vocab book", she'll write a little mini book in Chinese."
"Today's session with the student went well. We started out reviewing the formation of the imperfect subjunctive, and I taught him a trick so that he didn't need to separate out regular and irregular conjugations. Following an exercise that tested his conjugation knowledge, we advanced the syllabus a little bit and conceptually tackled why we need the imperfect subjunctive and under what circumstances it can occur. Lastly, we reviewed some of his vocab. He also asked to have our next tutoring session tomorrow since he has a psalm to memorize for Friday."
"We played 20 questions with zoo animals to work on description and sentence construction. The student is still needing some work on sentence construction, but 20 questions seems to be fun for her. We will continue to practice this. We are doing Disney Princesses next week."
"We practiced for an upcoming test. The student had a good attitude toward the material that was reviewed. I used different study skills for the session. I have left the student with extra practice."