Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We included all kinds of cards and instruments for today's class to build his vocabulary. I gave him an assignment to do some research and then explain it to me next time. With the vocabulary, I still ask him to use his own knowledge to guess the meaning of the word. In that case, his ability to learn by himself is building."
"In this session, the student and I reviewed Culture Shock. We chatted about his weekend plans. Then we focused on Chinese festivals. How we celebrate each festivals in China, what are the taboos, what are the stories about each festivals. He also shared with me how he spent American holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving."
"I looked over the student's SAT practice test score report analysis to determine what areas needed the most attention. The student and I worked closely on the writing section, particularly the "improving the sentence" problems. I pointed out the most common "mistakes" that the problems contain, which are subject-verb agreement, noun-pronoun agreement, parallelism, adverbs, and verb tenses. We worked through a couple of practice sections, and I assigned a full practice exam for her to complete this week. I recommended for the student to follow the time restrictions attributed to each section, so that she can practice her pacing. Next week, we will work on vocabulary and then the math section."
"The student is brilliant! We focused on her current studying, and I explained how the culture differences affected the language. In addition, I restructured her lesson to allow her to have a better understanding of the material."
"Today, I helped the student review and study the grammar and vocab for the chapter he is working on now. I used my own method, which is to break down all the words into different categories and explain their functions. I asked him to make or regroup sentences then combine these different groups of words into the correct grammar format. He did really well on this. By the end of the session, he had reviewed all the vocab and learned all the new vocab from this chapter, which gave him better preparation for the upcoming test. I also explained some of the words' structures. He now has a better grasp of why and how to use certain verbs."
"We have studied a new word and related phrases. We have practiced using the word for a sentence and finished the homework related to the new word. We also read 2 more pages of the story and explained the new phrases in it. We went through the reading comprehension based on the story. He had difficulty in transferring the Chinese sentence back to English sentence format. We will do more practice on that."