Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student participated very well throughout today's lesson. He is strengthening his listening skills while learning about counting in 5's and 10's. Using the coins and other props keeps him entertained and engaged in the lesson. He remembered review words quickly. One excellent thing I noticed is that when I asked him about the backpacks, he didn't need prompting and said the both the color and the word for backpack in Chinese. Great work!"
"At our lesson, I focused with the student on an upcoming project. That project involved foods, so I took the opportunity to teach him some new vocabulary words having to do with food. I asked him what some of his favorite vegetables were and, one by one, taught him how to write them. I also pointed out to him when a character in one of these words was familiar to him from a word he had previously learned. For example, the character "xi" (literally meaning "western") in the word "xi lan hua" (broccoli) is the same as the "xi" in the word "xi gua" (watermelon). Similarly, when there were radicals (parts of characters) which recurred among the characters we were learning, I pointed it out to him, with the belief that by focusing on the patterns among Chinese characters and not just treating them as random symbols, they will be easier to memorize. I also had him construct and practice saying some simple sentences with these vegetables in them (he told me in Chinese which vegetables were his favorites and which others he liked/disliked). We switched back and forth between the speaking and writing practice."
"The student and I worked on comparative sentence structure. We reviewed vocabulary words for this lesson on Weather, previewed next session. He's doing well."
"Today, the student and I met for our first session. She has communicated that she would like to really focus on conversational practice to improve her fluency in Spanish. A classmate of hers, joined us for this lesson. We began with an interpersonal conversation where we talked about various topics, and I provided corrections when necessary. We then moved on to section II, which included translation exercises. Within the translations, we went over different grammar points such as tense agreement, subject/verb agreement, orthography, present subjunctive, preterite tense verb conjugations, stem-changing verbs, and subjunctive clause triggers. Both girls engaged enthusiastically during our lesson today and asked thoughtful questions. We will review more irregular verbs and spend time going over the subjunctive in future lessons. We conducted the entire lesson in Spanish and only used English to clarify."
"I think the session went well! The student is stronger in writing than he is speaking. That being said, he has a very strong foundation in both. We went through three different articles, and I asked him different verbal and written comprehension questions about them. He did very well with the easier questions, so I made sure to give him harder critical thinking questions as the session progressed."
"Today the student finished his last assignments for his summer work, which included wrapping up a written essay about the differences between texting and phone calls, and answering questions to a recording about volunteer work. He also had a speech assignment, but he took care of it between our last lesson and this one. I think he's shown a lot of initiative with his Japanese studies, and has improved his studying skills significantly. I look forward to working with him over the school year!"