Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed the irregular verbs. The student took a few verbs and wrote sentences in the present, past, present perfect and past perfect tenses. She still needs to work on the perfect tenses and review their applications. It is very important that she memorizes the irregular verbs."
"In this session, we viewed video lectures about entrepreneurship, innovation and open information. The student listened primarily for comprehension and we discussed the main points, perspectives and some of the language. We will continue to watch video content and discuss for more listening and speaking practice."
"The student continues to use more complex sentence structures in her conversation and so, at her request, she will begin additional practice through written assignments. She was able to accurately summarize her activities for the past several days. We looked at a couple of articles she will prepare for our next session. She also spoke of the plans she has for this weekend."
"The student and I continued working on pronunciation. She has already improved in this short time! We focused on conversation and expanding her vocabulary, particularly for her new workplace which will give her more opportunities to speak English in a professional setting."
"Today was our second session and we covered conversational English. Today I taught the student five new American slang expressions and 5 new American idioms. We also practiced how to introduce yourself to someone and what their various questions may mean."
"I did leave extra practice. I asked her to work on writing sentences in the various verb tenses. We reviewed verb tenses, and other grammatical points such as determinate article and pronoun usage. We practiced a lot of conversation. The student benefits from listening, taking dictation, and conversing."
"Today we met again mostly to practice conversation. Our topics today were meals in America, ordering at a restaurant, and the differences in business culture that the student has perceived. Additionally, we talked about the difference between "fine" and "okay" and how one can have a more negative tone when said in the wrong context. We also began to talk about count and non-count nouns in the context of using "a lot" "many" and "much.""
"Listening and following directions activity. Reviewed action verbs as imperatives. Had the students read passages aloud and answer questions. Reviewed how homework from last session went and the success the students had with the activity."
"We specifically worked on oral speaking activities. I asked a wide array of scenarios or specialized questions to get the student comfortable in talking to me and answering informal questions as well as more formalized questions. Her goal is to improve in understanding all types of questions in preparation for any future college or job interviews she might have."
"As last time, we read a short article with academic content, and the student answered comprehension questions about it. This article was about handwriting analysis and what it can say about personality, so this lead into looking at common personality adjectives and discussing characteristics of different people. I then had him write a short essay answering the question, "Is deception ever justified?" He understands effective essay organization. We'll probably use this essay again so that he can work on editing/developing an essay and adding more content. His writing is clear. We finished up with a short grammar review of articles and phrasal verbs. His homework is a worksheet about more personality adjectives."
"Again, we continued to work on intonation and "th" word pairs using articles from a newspaper. The student is really about passionate international affairs, and enjoyed being able to apply to lesson to material that interested him. Today, I created a new model to illustrate intonation. I made a chart which matched up punctuation marks with intonation patterns, i.e. .=complete thought=full fall and ?=surprise=rise and this strategy really seemed to help drive the lesson home and the student finally began to catch on. He is doing great."
"We talked about what she really wanted to focus on. We are going to start with reading and reading comprehension. She will be reading a book, recording the words that she doesn't know and looking up and recording their definitions. She will also be writing a summary of what she has read before each session, which we will go over and correct for errors. During our sessions, we will work on various activities to improve reading and writing skills. She also wants to improve her speaking skills, so we will work on conversational speaking for part of the time as well."