Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed the simple present one more time, since I realized that the student still needed clarifications on this topic. Then, we dedicated the rest of the time to reading practice. I gave him at least 15 irregular verbs to memorize and conjugate. Also, he needs to practice the simple present and reading."
"In this session the student and I continued working on listening comprehension. We watched two video lectures; one about technology and one about the changing landscape of journalism. He summarized the content of the videos and we went over some of the challenging language in the videos. We will continue to practice listening comprehension in the next session."
"The student began by retelling events from her jam-packed weekend. We then moved on to discuss a magazine article she chose to read. The topic of the article inspired further conversation comparing and contrasting Argentina with the United States. I gave her a grammar practice book with specific exercises related to her questions about verb usage. We finished this session with the student reading a passage from the magazine aloud. She has requested practice listening to a variety of voices so that she will feel more comfortable when she tries to communicate with other parents at her daughter's school and sports events."
"We continued covering the compound tenses such as the present progressive, and past participle. I gave her many exercises as homework to practice at home. Rima is doing much better with sentence structure."
"Today we covered 5 more American idioms and 5 slang terms. We discussed their meaning and how often these are used in general. Furthermore, we discussed introducing family members and description. This included both describing oneself and family members/friends."
"We discussed many topics and I explained relevant grammar points. We started off by discussing a meeting he had this morning. We talked about the difference between "I was meeting" and "I met." We then applied this to a conversation about what we did over the weekend. I corrected him when he mistakenly used the present tense, and tried to continue to point out the difference between the continuous past and the simple past. We discussed APEC, since the President is currently in China for the conference. We had an interesting conversation on the difference between "punish," "pay for," and "consequence" in the context of the smog in Beijing. We worked on the difference between "pay a fine" and "to be punished," in that it is mostly a tonal difference, although an important one. For next time, we will work on listening to podcasts and discussing them together, as well as introducing a reading component."
"The student might need to take the TOEFL, so I wanted to do some test prep. I don't have any TOEFL material yet, so we looked at the SAT instead. This allowed us to practice both his grammar and reading skills. We looked at the Writing part, and while 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 email. 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, which involved choosing adjectives so that another person can guess a word. His homework is a short section from the SAT Reading."
"This was my first session with the student. I gave her an assessment test so I could get a better estimate on the level at which she stands in her English learning process. During the session we also worked on her reading using some texts that I gave her. She is very good as far as reading and comprehension go. Her main problem is her fear of being ridiculed for speaking with an accent and making mistakes. We will work on boosting her confidence, and I believe that she will extremely proficient in no time."
"The student and I worked through a few diagnostic exercises provided by the website. His spelling is quite strong and he is consistently able to identify whether certain words should use "-ible" or "-able" as a suffix and when "i" should come before "e" and vice versa. I gave him some basic rules to follow for these. I explained some of the essential elements for a complete sentence, namely a subject, verb, and object, while explaining that the addition of a dependent clause or conjunction will require an additional clause in order to form a complete sentence. For some light extracurricular reading I lent him a book of Ray Bradbury short stories to keep him up on his English between sessions."
"During my session with the student, we worked on the present perfect tense and the simple past tense of verbs. We worked on the proper pronunciation of past participles, when the -ed sounded like -d or -t, and the spelling rule concerning silent consonants and -ed. Afterwards, we began discussing how to format a cover letter, and the appropriate information to share in a cover letter. For extra practice, I left her with some questions to think about to help her formulate the main body paragraph of her cover letter."
"Worked on her recent pronunciation sheets as well as grammar. She is doing great with keeping up her assignment. I gave the student a book about Fashion Theory to read in order to enlarge her Fashion related vocab for future study. She has done an amazing job on reading and summarizing it."
"Reviewed alphabet letters and phonetic sounds. We also reviewed vocabulary tied to her job and I introduced simple sentences with color words."