Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"On Sunday, the student and I started off with reading an excerpt in Spanish on the rich history of Mexico. I was very pleased to see him able to use context clues in order to figure out what it was saying in English. For the rest of the session, we focused on two tenses: the preterite and the imperfect. Here, he learned that the preterite is used to describe a defined moment in time while the imperfect tense is used to recall memories such as "when I was a young boy." The student says that this was the most helpful session yet."
"The student and I went through the first 3 chapters of the online textbook. It tested his understanding of definite and indefinite articles, clothing vocabulary, school supplies vocabulary, present tense regular verb conjugation, and noun/ adjective agreement. He knew about 80-85% of the questions without my help. We also went through the packet he had from class. He translated each question to English and then answered it in Spanish. He had a little trouble formulating the answers, but overall did about how I would expect a Spanish 2 student to do at the beginning of the school year. He could use lots of extra practice with answering questions and reviewing all of the vocabulary included in these questions. The student had a very positive attitude toward reviewing the material for the entire 90 minutes."
"We reviewed a school assignment that covered reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing. We also touched on the use of the subjunctive mood. I asked the student to watch the first episode of 'Extra' so we can talk about it at our next session."
"We continued to work on the subjunctive, focusing more on examples of using it with doubt and emotion. We reviewed completely different homework assignments and practice opportunities. We also started to touch on ideas for a possible writing assignment for the next assessment. The student is starting to show solid improvement while working with the subjunctive mood, understanding when to use it versus the "normal" indicative mood."
"We reviewed grammar from Spanish level 1, including the rules of making nouns plural, the use of the verb gustar, and when to use ser vs. estar. He had a positive attitude and showed great effort in our session. He will use his flashcards to study for his upcoming vocabulary quiz on Thursday. I took note of the grammar that he should start learning in the upcoming week and will bring supplementary material to our next session to further practice this."
"The student and I reviewed a homework assignment that summarized all the grammar and vocabulary topics pertaining to the current chapter her class was working on. She seemed pretty confident in the material, and on the questions she does need help on, she only needs a slight "push" for her to come up with the correct answer. She said she might have a test coming up soon, and I am confident that she will do just fine."