Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"After a bit of a break and the new year, I thought it would be good to begin with some speaking exercises. This usually lapses into pronunciation, so after a few minutes we were repeating the consonant/vowel combinations to each other from previous sessions. We followed with reading, switching every other sentence and pausing only for a new words or going back to repeat those he had trouble with. Next we did another quick book exercise on finding information (looking up new words in a glossary). We ended by focusing on possessive nouns. The apostrophe is a rather subtle grammatical tool, but he was quick to grasp the basics. I gave a small exercise therein for homework."
"The student and I chatted for a while to get to know each other. Then we talked about his classes and why he has been struggling and how he plans to catch up. We then reviewed a set of vocab words that he will be having a quiz on in a few days. The student learned the words very quickly. We then reviewed his English grammar textbook on his upcoming subject."
"The student and I began today's tutoring lesson with a review of some of the parts of speech: adjective, pronoun, conjunction, and colon. She is nearing mastery level in this material (parts of speech). After our parts of speech review, we moved on to vocabulary development. Following vocabulary development, we moved on to idiom study. He was familiar with most of the idioms in this chapter. We finished reviewing all the idioms in our current book. After our idiom study, we moved on to grammar study. He is nearing mastery level in possessive nouns. We finished today's tutoring lesson with writing. Specifically, he completed a poetry worksheet: "Haiku" (p. 14). We explored Haiku Poetry. At the end of the worksheet, it asks the student to write their own Haiku Poems. His Haiku Poems were interesting and well written. He has an aptitude for many styles of writing (including the writing of poetry). During our lesson, we reviewed the specific form of a Haiku Poem: "Each poem is only three lines long. The first line of poetry must have five syllables, the second line must have seven syllables, and the last line will have five syllables." He is a very bright student who is motivated to learn and improve."
"We learned action words and new sentence structures, including "you are -ing" and "I am -ing" to describe actions that a person is doing. We also reviewed all vocabulary the student has learned up until this point to make sure that he has a review before he leaves for his trip to Beijing."
"Most of my instruction with Student A is now focused on recognizing and reading common words - mostly with long vowel sounds. Coupled with the consonant blends that we can continue to go over, this should aid him in sounding out most words that he encounters. I've been using several activities to help with his knowledge of common blends and sounds. Since Student B is excelling in recognizing and writing, I have decided to focus on that primarily and then come back to sounds afterward."
"We re-did lists 7 and 8 and did some pronunciation practice, since the student has trouble pronouncing r's. We will continue to work on this. Otherwise, his reading skills are greatly improving and he's learning quickly."