Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we worked on all things related to pronouns, such as subject pronouns, direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns, pronouns used in conjunction with prepositions and the personal 'a.' At the beginning of the session I did a brief overview of the different kinds of pronouns and when they tend to be used, and as we went on I gave more detailed explanations with examples for each kind of pronoun. The student uploaded some exercises on pronouns and we went through them together. He did great and answered almost all of the questions correctly, sometimes with no help from me at all. He did struggle a bit initially with understanding when to use direct vs. indirect object pronouns, as well as identifying the subject and object of a sentence, but after talking through these topics he seemed to understand much better. Overall I felt that the session was incredibly productive!"
"The student and I worked again on the sequence of verb tenses in Spanish, by translating questions from English to Spanish, looking for indicators to tell her which tense she should use, and whether the sentences required the subjunctive. We also reviewed how to form some of the tenses. I showed her a few ways she could figure out what the correct tense would be, and we will continue to work on this skill. She continues to be very positive and willing to work hard at mastering these concepts. We made plans to continue with these skills in the next session, as well as to work on other problematic issues, such as para v. por, and object pronouns."
"This session was conversation based. The student showed me his excellent presentation for class, which we had begun working on together last week. We then reviewed some vocab homework together. We ended by discussing an experience he was including in his college application essay."
"Tonight was our first session. I briefly introduced myself to the student. We then discussed what his current difficulties were in the class, which were vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, nouns, and the subjunctive use. We dedicated most of the first hour to a worksheet from his book that helped him understand vocabulary better through finding definitions of some words as well as synonyms and antonyms. The last thirty minutes were spent on practicing sentence structure with the subjunctive use. For the next class, he said he would like to keep working on the subjunctive and practice grammar as well as speaking in Spanish."
"Today, we focused on the reading comprehension section of the AP exam. We worked with a couple of example passages. I used the first to gauge the student's performance and understand her thought process. Then, I recommended some techniques to help improve her chances of success. Each time, we reviewed her answers and discussed why another choice was preferred whenever appropriate. The session went well, and she said that the advice was helpful."
"The student and I went over past homework assignments involving reading and audio recordings. We went over all of the multiple choice questions assigned and spent more time on the questions he didn't understand. We got started on the reading for his current homework assignment, and he was doing well. His attitude was great; he was focused the entire time, and he was asking many questions. He understands many of the words but still needs to build his vocabulary so he's able to understand what he's reading. In the upcoming sessions, we will focus on reading and audio comprehension since these two things play a big role in the AP Language Exam. He needs to finish his homework assignment so I made myself available to him the entire weekend through email."