Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was spent on writing an essay draft in response to the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. Last session, we completed the pre-writing portion of the assignment, and this session, we wrote the bulk of the essay (specifically, the body paragraphs). I assisted the student in organizing her ideas, connecting her supporting details to the thesis statement, choosing appropriate quotations to support the thesis, and creating anchors to introduce and explain the quotations."
"For this session the student had a writing assignment to write an essay about someone he admires. We first brainstormed, then decided on his aunt. We then chatted about her, writing down ideas and features he admired. We organized them into 3 parts, and then elaborated on each part. I also assigned him a little extra hw by having him write down "interview" questions for his aunt he would email her to get more background info. I also said he should ask his mom for more information about his aunt. After getting the body organized, we then discussed his thesis and division sentences because they were due tomorrow. He did a great job and felt really confident at the end of the session!"
"The student and I started on his online English class. He has to write a poem in a style similar to Walt Whitman, and I asked him to start it so I can go over it with him next session. We also completed the next portion of his Chemistry packet. We are working on finding relationships and trends for atomic radii, ionization energy, etc. as we move across the periodic table."
"The student and I worked on her outline for her paper. We got everything organized and typed up. At the end of her session she was able to turn the completed outline in. From this point all she needs to do is turn her outline into paragraphs and add her quotes and citations in."
"In this session we watched two TED talks: "Social Networks" and "Stress as a Friend." We discussed expected points beforehand and the student listened to find out if the points were mentioned. We also discussed the lectures to see what was unexpected and relatable. The students listening skills are improving and we will continue to focus on listening exercises."
"During this session we continued working with more irregular verbs and practiced making sentences in the simple present, simple past future, present and past perfect. Also, we worked on prepositions, adjectives and adverbs."
"The student had completed some of the grammar practice so we began by clarifying a few structures she found confusing. She recounted her weekend activities and we discussed ways to use the word job versus work. We added guided journaling for her to practice writing."
"In this session we covered 5 new American Idioms and slang words. I explained each as well as providing a sheet with translations for each. Furthermore, we discussed his hobbies as well as household chores she does. Along with this we reviewed frequency terms (once, always, sometimes etc. ) We then discussed other "what if questions" (what if you won the lottery etc.) I left the student with lyrics song sheet to fill in. She is struggling most with instantly finding the right words to use."
"We covered the use of pronouns, and articles. We also covered the use of present, and past progressives, and participles. The student is struggling most with sentence structure, but improving. I left extra practice exercises about verb tenses, and sentence structure."
"Today the student and I discussed holiday plans. We also discussed what holidays are like in China. As usual, we used this topic as a way to talk about different grammar topics. Today we focused on adverbs of time, such as usually. We then transitioned into a discussion of literature since we will soon begin reading Pride and Prejudice or The Great Gatsby. Because he has some familiarity with these stories, we discussed his impressions of these works."
"Last session, the student asked how he should know how to pronounce the "-ed" at the end of regular past tense verbs, so today I brought in some worksheets to explain and practice this grammar. After that, we reviewed the vocabulary words from the previous session, and I introduced ten more. We did some exercises and a reading passage to practice these words. Then we moved on to a practice set of questions from the Listening part. These recordings simulate lectures and other situations the student might encounter in college. What we listened to today was about Aristotle and his thoughts on happiness. The student didn't have any problem comprehending the lecture. We finished up with a game to practice using continuous tenses. His homework is a page of assessment sentence completions."
"In this session the student and I went over medical terms, diseases, human body parts, and food items. We worked with a worksheet packet that I gave her and it included several health-related topics from diseases, to how to write a note to your child's teacher when the child is sick, and how to schedule a doctor's appointment. She is improving a lot and she is getting way more comfortable with her English."