Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we watched two Ted talks: "Hard Choices" and "Paradox of Choice." We discussed the ideas presented in the videos and the student related them to his life."
"The student appears to be much more confident in her speaking as she easily summarized her activities since our last session. She wanted clarification on using expressions with too much and so much. She will choose an article to read for our next session and we will be discussing it on Thursday."
"The student might need to take the TOEFL, so I wanted to do some test prep. To prepare for the test, we looked at a sample SAT. This allowed us to practice both his grammar and reading skills. We looked at the Writing part, and while somewhat difficult for him, he was able to understand the grammatical concepts. We moved on to the Reading and did sentence completions. He did a superb job at using context clues to understand difficult words and eliminate wrong answers. We then looked at two short passages, both of which offered an opinion about unsolicited e-mail. He was initially discouraged by the difficulty of the language, but I asked him some comprehension questions to show him that he still knew something about the passages. He was then able to answer the questions correctly. After the hard work, we played a game called Funglish, which involves choosing adjectives so that another person can guess a word. His homework is a short section from the SAT Reading."
"Today, we worked on writing. I noticed that he tends to switch his letters around, which is common, but with continued work and progress, he will improve."
"Today's class went very well. We concentrated on present and past perfect tenses. We also spent quite a bit of time on contractions and practicing normal speech patterns of Americans when using contractions to speed up. The student is starting to understand the typical American when she is out, and is feeling more confident to ask and answer questions. Tomorrow I will provide her with a CD player, which she will use to practice her English CD that came with her book."
"Today's lesson went very well! We edited the student's Yankee game essay for grammar, structure, spelling, and punctuation. We then discussed book report. Part of her homework is to write the summary. I think we have enough time to do a small research paper together. She picked the topic of Indian tribes. Her homework is to find some sources for the research (books from the library, credible Internet sources, etc.). Next lesson, we will go over how to take notes and how to write a bibliography, and we will do some of the research and note taking together."