Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed greetings and introductions. We also went over a homework exercise of 5 phrases on what student had done the day before. I conducted a lesson on dates, numbers, and seasons. The student was assigned homework for the next lesson. She is a very strong student and highly intelligent. She picks up the language well, especially writing and reading. We will focus on speaking and listening this is the main area of improvement."
"Yesterday the student and I worked on her vocab from the second chapter in her French book. The vocab focused on different French celebrations. I had her read the new vocab words and expressions, answer conversational questions I asked her, and complete the vocab exercises on the following page."
"In this initial session, the student and I got to know each other a bit, and I began to understand the type of support she will need and how her class is going to function. I am glad that she has a lot of materials on hand, but one suggestion I do have is that she invest in an AP prep book. The reason is that the AP test is not quite as rigorous as her other materials are, and it will have the specific formula that will make up her studying and preparation for the exam. In the session, we worked on mostly grammar points for an upcoming quiz. This included the present, past, compos, imparfait, simple past, and plus-que-parfait. Next time we will continue our work on some of those forms, but from a more analytic (that is, "useful" and contextualized) perspective."
"Since it was our first meeting, I decided to get a better sense of the student's knowledge of basic French through textbook conversations, conjugation drills and a series of exercises. Through such exercises I noticed the gaps she has in the foundations of French. Particularly, getting a better sense of male and female nouns, conjugation of basic verbs, and lack of vocabulary. What she needs the most right now is review and repetition. As such I will be providing her with a basic vocabulary list and an online resource through which she can practice those new words. Additionally we'll go over verbs and their respective conjugations. By next week I hope to be able to strengthen her knowledge on the foundations and continue to keep an eye on her progress in school."
"The student struck me as a very sharp student that just needed some clarification and review of basic French verb structure and agreement. We discussed the 4 pivotal irregular verbs, avoir, faire, aller and etre, and I gave him some simple suggestions to help with verb memorization. We went through the majority of chapter 3 of his textbook and read/ wrote out many of the exercises including his homework. I encouraged him and his mother to give me a call should he have any questions prior to his Monday morning quiz."
"The student and I had an excellent session this evening in which she translated sentences from English to French that I deliberately designed to tax her command of the specific concepts being covered on tomorrow's test: le passe compose with etre, direct object pronouns, regular -ir verbs, and the imperative (command). She jumped into the lesson at hand with gusto, and I was very proud of her enthusiasm and her command of the material. I feel she's very ready for tomorrow's test."