Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we discussed the politics of Korea as well as some of its early modern and current history. We also worked on pronunciation and read more of our text."
"Today we focused on writing and grammar. We went over a few pieces that the student wrote for the lesson and discussed and corrected any mistakes. Most of his mistakes are minor, and I suggested reading his writing out loud so he could catch more of his mistakes. I think this would help improve his writing quite a bit and would help him start to hear mistakes or awkward wording easier. At the end we discussed grammar, and he has asked to focus on relative pronouns and perfect tenses. These are 2 areas that are a bit difficult for him. We discussed the perfect tenses and will continue with this on Thursday."
"The student and I spent a lot of time on spelling and went over some vocab related to fall. We also talked about some of her goals. We spent the last part of the session reading. For homework, I told her to practice spelling the months and said I'd quiz her on Friday."
"The student and I spent a lot of time reviewing vocabulary that she had trouble with during previous lessons. We completed an activity with these words, and then spoke about their meanings. Then we reviewed the first two chapters of her English book that went over articles and possessive pronouns. She had tons of questions to ask me, and she was eager to explain all of the concepts we reviewed. She spoke a lot, which was great practice for her. She successfully used many of the phrases and grammar points we went over before. For Thursday, she will finish reviewing the first two chapters of her English book."
"We did a review of homophones. She demonstrated correct use of the words verbally and in written work. I introduced irregular tense verbs such as buy, bought, bought and drink, drank, drunk. We talked through each verb as to when and how it would be used. We had verbal conversations and did written work. She will practice using the various tenses with her family."
"Today the student and I worked on speaking and listening comprehension, and on vocabulary development."
"Today we had a conversation on the differences between typical birthday celebrations in China and in the US. We talked about these differences in both adult and children's birthdays. It was a great opportunity to put into practice the grammar we studied and to learn new vocabulary."
"I showed the student how to access the university library online databases and how to search for an appropriate article for her ESL paper. We then read the paper together and discussed the words that she did not know. We talked about how she can use the article to support her ideas in her paper and how to correctly quote the material. We discussed how to structure this essay and read through the prompt for her communication essay. For our next meeting, she will have a draft of her English paper for me."
"We covered vocabulary as always. We also covered some uses of slang phrases which the student has heard on TV. We worked again on some pronunciations. This has already improved greatly, I'm so proud of her! We also worked again on pronouns. We covered high numbers like million, billion, trillion, and quadrillion. We worked more on sentence structure and fleshing out her sentences. She is progressing very well. She still needs to work on fleshing out her sentences. Next week we will cover more prepositional phrases to help with that and continue to expand her vocabulary."
"We went through a bunch of the interview questions that the student may have to answer during an interview."
"During our tutoring session this morning, the student and I began with a conversation topic. Today we discussed time: punctuality, scheduling, time management, etc. We then worked on extreme adjectives. He matched adjectives to their extremes, and then completed sentences by choosing the correct answer. This area is extremely helpful in increasing his vocabulary. The last area we focused on was practicing pronouncing words containing the letter v. He read a story which contained numerous words containing the letter v."
"We reviewed writing and grammar rules using some writing the student sent to me. We had a conversation about both of our pasts, giving us a chance to understand each other's background but also practice for her with both listening and speaking. We finished the session looking over the driver's manual. Homework given: reading song lyrics."