Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I studied for her test, which is on the conditional tense. She needed to be able to recognize when and how to conjugate this verb in the appropriate tense. After practicing this concept, she worked on her language lab, which is complete with the exception of a short essay question and two recordings. She will complete these tomorrow evening. Good luck on your test!"
"Like last week, we revisited studying strategies. We made a plan for dividing study material up between 3 30-minute sessions per week. We talked about efficient ways to learn the language (watch online presentation and immediately do practice work- vs. trying to do practice work without viewing the lesson first), and we'll know how this strategy is working when the student takes his next test. We also looked at ways to guess the meanings of words you don't know using context and checking for root word similarities in English. Afterwards, we looked at ways to come up with "best guess" test answers when you don't know the meaning of words in the sentence."
"The student and I engaged in questioning and answering and repetition. We practiced the present tense of regular and irregular verbs, the present progressive tense, and how to express what you are going to do in the near future. Woven into our questioning and answering/short conversations were all aspects learned so far to test retention (definite articles, indefinite articles, number and gender agreement, etc.). We closed with discussing various pictures in a textbook and reviewing what homework would be done by the next session. Next week, we will focus on the past tense and elements such as prepositional words and phrases to indicate frequency. I am really proud of the student. He is courageous and never hesitates to try, even when he is unsure. He also does not hesitate to ask questions for clarification."
"Today, the student and I worked on exam preparation. He has an exam tomorrow and needed to review the material that will be included in the exam. So we did several exercises with combined preterit and imperfect tenses. We also practiced some readings with the new vocabulary that he needed to practice."
"The student and I reviewed the differences between the preterite and imperfect. I wrote him up a little note sheet on the differences. We did some review on indirect object pronouns and direct object pronouns and when to take on the pronouns and when not to. We ended the session by creating online flashcards for some vocab review."
"The client has a quiz tomorrow and needs to be able to conjugate 10 Spanish verbs. We did drills in different directions and made sure he can translate English to Spanish, Spanish to English and spell correctly with accent marks. We then reviewed his homework, where is being introduced to the imperfect tense."