Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did corrected the homework. The student has problems with the use of tenses, especially in the past. We spent time correcting it and also explaining what is the difference between past simple and present perfect. I gave her a list of exercises that we did and corrected together. Also I gave her grammar homework that I will send on her email to view and correct for our next session on Monday. Good class today."
"In our second to last session, the student began with what she had prepared to say in her interview as far as her education, previous work experience and skills, and strengths. We worked on getting her to speak more fluidly and on highlighting her strengths. We went over how to "sell yourself," which she originally thought was boasting. We also spent time on some phonemes she still mispronounces occasionally: "th", "w", and "v". I left her with two sets of materials: lists of words to continue to practice and both my and her recorded pronunciations so she can continue to listen to them to distinguish the sounds. I also asked her to prepare three different versions of what she could say in a job interview so that she thinks of different ways to word this and does not sound so robotic."
"During my session with the student, we worked on her needs assessment, pronunciation, a writing sample, and grammar (connecting words, action words/naming groups, subject, predicate, punctuation). She was confident about her writing and reading comprehension skills, as well as her grammar. As a strategy, I suggested that she read the newspaper, to help her build up vocabulary and topics to talk about with coworkers. I also suggested that she begin singing along to her favorite English songs to improve her pronunciation and fluency. For extra practice, I gave her photocopies from an idiom book, which provided definitions and practice questions to improve her usage of idioms. I do not have any concerns from this session."
"We worked on writing. We went over his homework, which included his reading, looking at his math and discussing it, practicing for his play and phonics practice. He is an active child."
"With Student 1, we worked on her twelve vocabulary words for the week. She did her homework for Wednesday and Thursday, made some flashcards where she drew pictures, and she wrote a letter to Thumbelina using the vocabulary words. We also played a game. With Student 2, we read a book at level 2. There were two times when he had more serious issues: when we first began, which I think was at least partly due to nerves, and when he got more interested/excited by the story. When those two conditions weren't met, I think he consistently did well at sounding things out. In any case, it seems as though part of my job should be about giving him confidence in skills and practice focusing, in addition to helping him with phonics."
"The student read 2 chapters in her chapter book and we did a few math pages out of her workbook. She is doing a lot better at summarizing what she reads. We will continue to work on that and work on other comprehension methods."