Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student emailed me 3 of her essays, of which I reviewed, edited and made suggestions. Two of the essays took a while, as they need a lot of reworking and clarifying, so I spent a lot of time revising those two essays and making suggestions on the third."
"The student had some new ideas for one of her application essays and personal statement, so she showed me the additions and I helped her polish them. Her new inclusions made her writing more personal and specific, which was great. We also discussed her activity journal; I gave her feedback on the activities/awards she chose and we discussed how she should approach this less formal writing portion. Finally, we talked a bit about her common application essay. She is going to re-purpose one of her earlier essays, as it fits one of the prompts perfectly."
"I spent 30 minutes reading over the student's revised essays, as well as the new ones she sent me today. During our 2 hour online session, we made final edits to her revisions, and discussed her new essays in detail. We restructured paragraphs, reworded sentences, and brainstormed ideas to improve these essays. We will reconvene later this week to make final edits."
"Today was my first session with the student, and it went incredibly well! We began with exam writing. I showed her how to properly outline an essay (begin with thesis, then use a claim-evidence-warrant structure to delineate the argument for each body paragraph). We outlined two former exam essay prompts together, one of which she wrote with a 23 minute time limit (I subtracted 7 minutes since we outlined it together). She did very well on her essay, which I graded as a 10 (a huge jump from the 4 she received on the actual exam). We then discussed the best way to approach her college essays. We decided on the common app question she would write on, and then went over the best way to approach her response. We did a preliminary outline of her essay. She is going to write a first draft for our next session."
"The student & I perfected her common application college essay. Then, we created our list of priorities. Next, we brainstormed for her pharmacy application for one of the universities on her list. She has three assignments for our next session."
"We continued to work on English idioms. I presented and explained several idioms to the student and he created sentences in which to use these idioms. We also worked on more reading aloud about American history. To end the lesson, we did skits in which the student would try to be persuasive and sell items to his mother and I. I would periodically correct his intonation and pronunciation."
"Today we reviewed the alphabet sound material from yesterday. Using online videos of people spelling their names, the student would listen to the name and spelling and then try to spell it accurately and well as recite the letters out loud. We then moved onto vocabulary that is often used in the kitchen. Using items in her house, we made flashcards for the English words refrigerator (fridge), stove, knob, sink, faucet, coffee grinder, coffee maker, blender, mixer, fork/knife/spoon, and cutting board, among others. Homework for the student was to spell common English names and recite the letters as they are spelled. The student says she loves to supplement her practice with reading the newspaper and using an app on her phone for vocab, so we have been focusing mainly on sounds and pronunciation."
"This session, we worked a lot with the verbs "to be" "to have" and "to want." We did a combination of different exercises that I used to test her understanding; some of these exercises involved synthesizing sentences using the provided components, while others were more involved and required her to produce completely original sentences on her own. This helped her become much quicker at conjugating the verbs. We are still struggling a bit with pronunciation. Since the student is about to travel to Argentina, we are starting to shift our focus to some travel vocabulary. I only had a bit of time to introduce this subject, but we will continue with it next session because I think it will help to ease some of her worries about traveling."
"Today the student and I started with greetings and warmed up with an activity about dislikes. In this activity we identified the various verbs and expressions that exist in English to discuss dislikes. We then focused on verbs. I wanted to measure her comprehension and we started with verbs in the simple past like "to want" - I wanted etc., "to play" = I played etc. During this activity, we identified the verbs and I had her conjugate them in the present. Here, I could see that this was something that we needed to build on. We transitioned to the verb "to have" and "to be" in the present, and we focused on conjugating all of the subjects. We will continue to build on this next session and I will give her some worksheets to practice at home. It will be best for her to practice writing in addition to speaking because this is going to allow her to remember what she is learning. Overall, she is very motivated and she seems to enjoy the activities."
"- Reviewed the Alphabet - Reviewed body part names (head, eyes, ears, nose etc.) - Discussed homework (clothes worn at home, school and work) - Brief introduction to Anne Frank (as she came up in last session)"
"We went over days of the weeks, the alphabet, the differences between "a" and "an," "to have," vocabulary with "s" words and vocabulary and conjugation of regular verbs."
"The student and I continued practice on sarcasm/irony in media. Also, a discussion (practicing conversational English) about television, home and family life."