Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since next week will begin our formal tutoring sessions (with the beginning of the year), I decided to start this session with a brief recap/ overview of German history. My thought here is that one of the main reasons people study German these days is it's a very historical language--many primary documents from Europe were written in the language. After that talk, I asked how the student was liking the language app exercises, and I was happy to see that he had continued on since our last meeting. He seems generally happy with them, so we'll continue those in between our study sessions. I also began jotting down words that he either doesn't know or has difficulty recalling. The hope is once we have enough of a collection, we can start making flashcards so those words become readily accessible during his studies. We also did a few exercises from his workbooks that focused on nominative and accusative cases. With a little coaching, he was able to remember the differences between the two. After a couple more exercises, we were definitely doing better with that material. As German 3 gets more complex, I told him, he'll need to use the same line of thinking we used: What's the subject? What's the object? What declension should I use for this particular word? etc. Overall, we definitely had a good session."
"Today I met the student and his mother for the first time! I learned about his track record in German thus far and what he expects out of our sessions. Today he did not have any homework to work on specifically as he just finished a unit and exam in class, which he did very well on (88% on his exam), so we looked up online articles in topics of our choosing (i.e. US Naval Academy, Berlin) in German and practiced translating them into English. This was a great way for me to learn about how much German he already knows. He has a strong sense of the German sentence structure and reads out loud with it consciously in mind. Before next session, he plans to send me any materials he receives in class that he thinks will be relevant for me to have and prepare with."
"We covered "nicht" vs kein(e). I told the student when to use "nicht" vs "kein." We practiced sentences using both words. He has an oral test, where he has to use both words. I feel confident that he will do well on his test. We also went over new vocabulary."
"This was our first session since the holidays. The student had already done her homework during class so we reviewed that and then moved on to the vocabulary. We spent the remainder of the session working on definitions and studying the new vocabulary. She reported that she got a high B on her final and an A in the class last semester! She's done a fantastic job so far!"
"We had our first meeting and set the student's goals for our tutoring. We worked on a presentation and a business plan she prepared in advance, and also talked about text analysis. She will prepare a text summary for the next session."
"Today the student and I discussed favorite foods and what he had eaten today. We also talked a bit about sports and activities, referring to the section in "German Conversation" on sports and hobbies. We then turned to the lessons in our book that he had prepared, and worked through sections on word order. As usual, I made notes in the document editor and showed him various ways to complete practice sentences. We focused on pronunciation as he read sentences aloud and shared his translations into German of English practice phrases. I emphasized pronunciation of Z and S, and suggested practicing these sounds with phrases such as "Es ist schon zu spaet" or "It's an easy sound.""