Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed her new vocabulary for this current chapter and then touched on reflexive verb conjugation with reflexive pronouns in present tense, preterite tense and commands. Some of this was review and some of it was new material. She did a great job recalling her past tense, preterite irregular conjugations, as well as the "tu" command tense."
"The student and I went over informal (familiar) commands. She completed her homework assignments due tomorrow at midnight. I had her copy simplified notes on how to use commands as well as introduced her to the subjunctive. I had her copy conjugations for verbs in the preterit tense in her notes as well. We focused on the stem/spell changing verbs and irregular verbs as she has shown that she struggles with this. She completed flashcards for the verbs that she got wrong on her test in order for her to study them and know them for her upcoming retest next week. She now has a better understanding of the verbs as well as their English translations."
"I met with the student on Sunday so that we could complete the study guide for his mid-term exam. He did a fantastic job. We got all the grammar exercises done, reviewing concepts of stem-changing verbs, present progressive, informal affirmative commands, and preterite vs. imperfect past tenses as we went along. He was on-task and focused. His midterm is today. I reminded him that he knows all the concepts; he just needs to slow down and work carefully through his mid-term exam to avoid minor mistakes. He will receive up to 5 bonus points on his exam for completing the study guide."
"The student received study guides with a review of irregular verbs in the preterite tense as well as some new verbs from her school so we filled in the definitions and went over the spell changing verbs to start and then I asked her to translate sentences into Spanish using the new verbs. She then made up her own sentences in Spanish using the verbs, conjugation, and vocab she has been studying this year so far. I was really impressed with how her sentence structure is coming along and also being able to recall the various conjugation rules. I'm seeing a lot of progress in her retention of information and organization of all the tenses and rules."
"We covered the regular and irregular preterite tense and key verbs. The student struggled a bit with irregular verbs at first, but she caught on very quickly to the patterns in the conjugations. She is always attentive and enthusiastic about learning and conversing in Spanish. We went over several oral and written activities using vocabulary from past sessions and exposing her to new vocabulary words. I tried to also include cultural components, discussing famous authors and public figures."
"Today the student and I reviewed the preterite and imperfect tenses in Spanish. I started off with a review of the two tenses and when to use which. I talked about the endings for them and the irregulars. Then we did two activities together from his textbook, reading sentences and choosing the correct form to fill in the blank. Overall the session went well. He made a few mistakes in the beginning but was doing much better by the end. I think that as long as he continues to review he will do well on his midterm. I sent him a few extra websites with quizzes and games to practice; those sites should also have other topics that will be covered on his exam as well."