Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the following: imperfect verb conjugation (regular verbs); verbs that are irregular in the imperfect and how to conjugate them; preterite verb conjugation (regular verbs); preterite verb conjugation (irregular verbs); verbs with 3 vowels in a row where i -> y; verbs ending in -car, -gar and -zar; verbs ending in -ucir; and verbs where a "j" is inserted. We did multiple practice sentences for each kind of verb."
"Today, the student and I reviewed a homework assignment with a reading component. After the reading, she answered some comprehension questions. From there, we practiced verb drills by conjugating two verbs in all of their forms. The forms that gave her the most trouble we worked on with an online verb drill, just focusing on one tense at a time. This method seemed to work well for her."
"We went over more conversation and response prompts as well as cultural information that the student relayed to me in Spanish. We decided what to work on in the next session to best prepare her for the exam."
"We worked on a shortened version of the AP exam, going over each section as we went. The student did very well with the questions. We prepared to do a full email and formal writing. He decided to do those outside of tutoring and send them to me for review. I will send him the audio sections to review and use. I have already sent the pages and the key with scripts for each audio section. Next week, he has chosen the theme as "Redes Sociales.""
"Reviewed 4 chapters in Casa on Mango Street. Did a literary analysis on the 4 characters, focused on differences and similarities. Practiced conversation. Watched BBC Mundo videos on currents events for listening comprehension and conversation skills."
"The student is doing very well with respect to reading comprehension; also, his knowledge of complex words and phrases is growing. He's motivated to learn Spanish, and can continue to use that motivation to push himself for more practice before the exam, which is coming up in a few weeks. After practicing the reading and listening sections, we had a conversation, and we talked about practical ways in which he can continue studying. Brief conversations with his dad, who speaks Spanish, as well as watching TV in Spanish every day for the next two weeks will help him greatly to gain confidence and raise his comfort level with the language. His focus should remain on the oral and listening parts. He's a polite and understanding student with great skills in Spanish, and he's got what it takes to do well on this exam. Good work."