Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I spent the first 45 minutes of the session with student #1 and we continued building his house and playing games while reviewing the previous vocab. For example, we reviewed rocket, airplane and car, as well as numbers. He did remember most of them. Today's new vocab were: house and car tires and he was very talkative today. The second 45 minutes I spent with student #2 and we reviewed the previous vocab on the white board, reviewed the body parts and she did remember them! We also drew pictures on the wall while writing Chinese characters at the same time. Today she learned how to write "mountain" and she also she learned two more colors: orange and green. She also learned a new body part: ears. We danced and played and she is good at counting 1-3 now."
"The student was reviewing vocabulary from class. We spent a few moments going over the 4 writing rules for proper stroke order. He was able to correctly do each of the rules by explaining it and demonstrating it with air writing. He also reviewed some of the Chinese radicals, which he is learning are very important for being able to remember the meaning of characters. He did a great job of describing the radicals in Chinese to the teacher in a mini game for the teacher to guess it. Last, he learned food vocabulary and recalled the different words with intelligent methods that he thought of by himself or remembered clues given by the teacher. He was able to apply the words to a skit, so that he is prepared to order simple foods at a food store. The student is encouraged to answer questions with complete answers and he can become more familiar with this by listening to some recordings made by the teacher and he can watch videos in the language."
"During our first session, I got to know the student more about his Chinese language learning background. The concepts we covered specifically are about basic greeting language, self introduction, dining in a restaurant, and some additional things that the student wanted to learn. He was struggling most with the long sentence, but this will not be an issue in the long term, because he works hard and he has some learning foundation from his youth. The student's attitude was great and he was ambitious about language learning. I did include some memorizing strategies and study skills in this session to help him improve, such as reading a long sentence by memorizing different parts. We had good communication, and he also gave me advice on how to help him learn more things in our meetings."
"Today we had a very productive session. We started by reviewing verb conjugation, specifically preterit and imperfect. We did a couple of exercises in which we needed to fill in the blanks with the correct verb conjugation. The student did a wonderful job! She just needs to keep practicing. I suggest to memorize the most common verbs and their conjugation. For example, -ser era (imperfect), fui (preterit), -ir iba (imperfect), fui (preterit), dar daba (imp), di (pret), decir decia (imp), dije (pret), estar, hacer, and tener. Then, we worked on how to answer a phone call. We created different situations and we came with the best way to answer the phone call. She did very well! She just needs to remember to enunciate to avoid missing any sounds or being misunderstood. I suggest her working on the -ll sound and the -r sound."
"Today we had our first session. We used part of the list of items that the student will have to know by the time the semester begins (basic phrases, count to 20, then by tens to a hundred); we also learned the concept of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person subject pronouns and conjugations of regular verbs in the present tense. I left the student a list of verbs that I asked him to translate and conjugate for the next session."
"Today we had the first Spanish session, and we introduced ourselves. We reviewed the Spanish alphabet, the gender of some nouns, the conjugations of verbs SER, and TENER, and the uses of verb HABER: HAY. The student has a great Spanish pronunciation. She had the opportunity to practice writing and listening comprehension. She is going to learn Spanish quickly, because she has previous knowledge of the Spanish language."