Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the recent four units. We focused on couple of important sentence structures then we worked on adjectives."
"We worked on practicing the first half of all the basic strokes. I am hoping that the student will learn to organize a character. He has established his own way to write each stroke (the strokes that he thinks are contained in the character) in order to reproduce the characters. The order and the direction the student uses to write the strokes needs review, but I believe that when he masters the basic strokes, his characters will be easily modified for the better."
"In this session, the student and I reviewed the conversation starter prompts that we worked on last week. We practiced greeting each other several times with the various alternative responses. Then, after assessing that she was ready to move on, I began teaching her a few other useful responses that she can utilize on a day-to-day basis: "I'm hungry," "I'm fatigued," "I'm thirsty," and "I'm ready." I gave her 5 minutes to study the new terms. Then, I described several different scenarios for her to respond to with one of the statements. She did really well with this, so the most important thing she can do is keep the momentum going during the week by practicing. All in all, a great session!"
"Today's session with the student went very well. She is an extremely conscientious student - I was amazed to see how many times she had practiced writing out the characters on her list. The next step in her development as a Chinese speaker will be to modify her study habits for maximum efficiency and retention. We talked about sentence practice, as opposed to rote repetition of discrete vocabulary items. I think this will help her even more in the long run. She was concerned with her performance on a recent quiz, which she will be retaking this week. We went over the material from this quiz as well as what her teacher has told her will be on the next one. She's a great student and it's a pleasure to work with her!"
"First we reviewed what we did last time. I gave him a quiz to see how much he remembered. We studied the flashcards, and analyzed words and characters. We also reviewed tones and pinyin. The next thing was to prepare him for his Chinese class on Tuesday; we previewed all the new lesson he needs to study, and I asked him to make sentences with some of the words. The student struggles with how to work with flashcards and how to make a correct sound with pinyin, but with practice he'll get better. The homework for today is to make flashcards with ALL the words from lesson 5 and the new lesson, and practice saying and writing those words."
"First, I made a few conversations with the kids. I tried to figure out their Mandarin level, then we reviewed a few Pinyin and words. I think singing Chinese song is the most efficient way for them to learn Chinese today. I will work on Pinyin with them and teach them new words next time. I will find some Chinese songs, stories, and games for the next lesson."