Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued our work with prepositions. Today we drew pictures and acted out the use of common prepositions in order to give her a better idea of how and why English speakers use them. We also did an online quiz together in order to reinforce what was learned."
"Students practiced writing responses on "Saving for a Cause." It took some time to analyze the passage and answer the questions. We will focus on finding evidence and drawing conclusions based on the evidence."
"1. We read some actual reviews of a local restaurant and identified the pros and cons of each review. We looked at how people try to convey some fairness while expressing criticism. 2. Using a map of SoCal, we practiced giving driving directions in the region, and then at the street level. 3. We read and discussed the article on the strongest career sectors for the greater LA area and how they might affect us. 4. Will versus Would worksheet."
"In this session we went over a slide presentation that the student presented. We also discussed business issues and our plan going forward for the test. He is feeling more confident overall with his English."
"Both of the student were present for this session. We discussed three of the six major essay and thesis styles. We focused on what these styles can be used for, as well as how to build the thesis. I had them write a definition essay for our next meeting. We also spent time discussing specific questions about prepositions and transitional terms."
"Today I helped the students prepare for an upcoming academic conference which they will be helping to host. We discussed language/word choice, body language, pitch/intonation and so forth. It was very productive and we will continue polishing the introduction and closing remarks next week."
"We covered modal verbs: what they are, how they behave differently from regular verbs, and when to use them. We also went into more depth about the usage of "will" and certain prepositions. We then discussed different idiomatic expressions used for different degrees of wanting or caring about something."
"Today we reviewed the letters /c/ /d/ /f/ as well as their sounds. We worked on identifying these letters in a word. We also learned the letters /g/ and /h/ as well has their sounds. We worked on identifying the letters in a word. We reinforced colors as well as shapes and learned "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Student was left with basic sight words to practice."
"Today we covered the possessive nouns and did some practice exercises. Also, we started working on vocabulary and pronunciation and started learning about verbs. The student will be reviewing the pronunciation rules for long and short vowels. All his answers to the practice problems were correct."
"This evening we continued to practice writing and covered vocabulary using the "short a" to contrast with our previous lesson on "long a". We practiced forming questions about a picture, combining two sentences with conjunctions, and identifying the main idea of a paragraph. We also began to practice critical reading. The student showed remarkable progress in reading comprehension just over the course of our hour long session. By the third passage she was able to immediately identify the main idea on the first try. She remains somewhat resistant to free-writing exercises; she stalls on this particular type of writing exercise. In my opinion it is a confidence issue more than it is an ability issue. We will work on building her writing confidence with practice, and I believe spelling will come with time. I left her with very light homework to practice spelling vocabulary words. She is a joy to work with and is actively engaged in our sessions."
"She took two quizzes on verb tense and agreement. Then we talked about her experiences writing and taking the bar. She explained her goals and we decided a plan of action. She also did several writing samples for me so I have a clear picture of her needs. She speaks English very well and I believe will write error-free essays well before she takes the bar exam."
"We had our first session. We introduced ourselves briefly (hometown, life in USA, work, education, etc.). She mostly talked about how her work required her to iron out her accent with Cantonese dialect being her native language. We went through some documents from her work and I got the main idea on the field we will focus on and the vocabulary we need to build. She will give me the material for her upcoming presentations and we will work on the delivery of the presentations. She emailed me some documents after the session so I can be better prepared before next session."