Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I am very happy with the student's progress as he is memorizing the previous lesson's and bringing this knowledge to new tutoring sessions. Today, we focused on the present perfect tense, which we use when talking about past actions that are still affecting the present. In English, these are sentences that contain the word has, hasn't, have, and haven't. We form these tenses by having a subject, pronoun + haber + dropping the ar ending and adding ado or dropping the ir/er ending and adding ido. So when wanting to say something like I am not hungry because I have eaten already, in Spanish it would be no tengo hambre por que ya he comido."
"We reviewed preterite and imperfect. I discussed with the student different keywords that would help to identify when to use preterite and imperfect. We then went on to go over sentences where she needed to choose the correct verb and conjugate it in the correct tense to complete the sentences. She does very well with these concepts, and I'm confident once her teacher introduces these concepts to her that she will be ahead of the game. We also worked on preparing her for her speaking exam tomorrow, where she will be required to discuss what she did last summer and questions about her current school activities. We actually discussed these concepts when we first started tutoring this fall, so this was review."
"The student and I prepared for a quiz on the present progressive and regular and irregular command forms. We went over all of the worksheets on these topics. He is good at conjugating verbs, so as long as he correctly identifies the subject, present progressive should go well. He knows to memorize the irregular affirmative and negative commands."
"We covered the words llevar, ofrecer, and regatear in past tense. We created sentences and played a game covering conjugations. The student continues to struggle with basic noun +adjective formation, but he recalls it once he's been corrected. He has shown a lot of enthusiasm."
"During our first session, the student and I reviewed material he had covered in class and hadn't fully mastered. We corrected prior quizzes and homework assignments, and I was able to answer his questions and reteach some concepts in a new way that made better sense to him. We had time to review irregular present tense verbs, the present progressive, stem-changing verbs, and ser vs estar. He had several questions about verb conjugations for unclear subjects, such as 'la familia' and 'mi hermano' and was able to get the hang of things after some additional practice. He is a bright student who absorbs new material quickly."
"The student and I reviewed a few pages of vocab. as well as covering the preterite and its irregular forms. He did well, and I was honestly surprised at how he could quickly remember new words that I had taught him with ease. He seemed engaged and attentive, and he displayed confidence while working on practice questions. I requested that he review his vocab., and that he spend 10-15 minutes a day on the vocabulary app."