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The student and I worked through the final draft of his paper on Pablo Neruda's "Tonight I Can Write." He has demonstrated significant progress in eliminating conceptual and verbal repetition in his essays. We discussed awkwardness in phrasing and ways in which to recast sentences to achieve better flow and comprehension. We discussed the use of quotations and evidence in supporting a paper's assertions, and how to do so without creating a choppy feel. His paper has been polished up significantly and I have every reason to believe that he will earn a high grade. He is currently reading through a large book for his next assignment, and we will work through that one as well when the expectations for it are clarified by the teacher.
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Keeping with the goal of getting her ready for her SAT exam in a week, we looked at more essay prompts that she responded to. My focus remains on getting her to adequately develop the ability to quickly pinpoint the point of an argument and substantiate with credible examples. I have seen a lot of progress in this area since our first session.
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Gardena, CA English tutoring
The student introduced me to the paper that he was assigned to write. He was tasked with choosing a short story to compare with "A Winters Blood." He gave me a synopsis of the book and we went over the short story choices, choosing "Brokeback Mountain." He and I then brainstormed how the paper should be approached and the format of the paper. We decided on comparing the literatures use of isolation and contrasting the way in which isolation is achieving by each character (physical, mental, alcoholism, love). We broke down what each paragraph needed to contain and he found text to support his thesis.
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Today we started the lesson with a short chat about his weekend. Then we dove into the lesson by talking about the TED talk about lying. He seemed to struggle giving a summary of this video. I think this is because the topic is new for him and he had to formulate his thoughts using new vocabulary. He did a much better job expressing his opinion and speculating how this new technology could affect the future. Then we went through the transcript and reviewed the vocabulary. We started by reviewing the education system and comparing it to the one in China. This lead to a conversation about the importance of education. He has a better handle on topics that are familiar to him, so I will work on developing his vocabulary by discussing new topics for next week. We will also focus on conditionals.
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Gardena, CA English tutoring
The student's reading has improved significantly. He worked on his homework today in which he had to read a short passage three times and follow some directions regarding the passage. He needed virtually no assistance with reading the passage and was able to complete the tasks with very little help as well. We are working on figuring out how to pronounce words with the same root word. He did well with this. We will continue to work on this concept, but I am going to turn our focus more to writing and penmanship now that he has a firmer grasp on the reading.
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Today we reviewed reference terms. These are technical words used on a regular basis on the job. I gave the student both English copies and a Spanish translation that I had gotten on the internet. He recognized some of the vocabulary. He was very enthusiastic about learning these terms. During the class he had to think of examples from his job that were related. His homework is to go over the remaining terms for tomorrow. We went over the basic question sentences starting with what, when, where, why, how. During the day he has to be able to ask questions as well as answer questions. I feel this will help him in his every day job related duties. He was very happy to review sentence structure for asking questions.
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