Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, the student had brought home all of her study guides for the midterm exam, including a homework assignment that doubled as a study guide. This assignment covered a collection of short stories in Spanish that had lots of cultural elements in them. We began the session by having her fill in one of the extensive vocabulary lists on the study guide. One of the guides consisted of both regular and irregular verbs. She was able to get through the first part, which asked her to simply translate the infinitive regular verbs. However, we had to turn our attention to the other study guide/homework due to time constraints. It too contained a long list of vocabulary. I had her provide the English translations for her study guide while I read through the story and highlighted the portion of the texts that contained then answers to the comprehension questions. Once we completed the vocabulary list and the reading, we went through the questions and highlighted portions of the story together. In addition, I gave her a lesson on the rules for spoken stresses in Spanish and how she could use those to determine which words contain a written accent. As we read through the text and answered the questions, I would stop when we came to an accented word to further illustrate the rules of when a word should have a written accent. This is very important for her performance on her final, as her teacher takes off 1/4th of a point for every accent that is not in its proper place."
"Today we worked on the alphabet (cancion), 1-20 (los numeros), a puzzle (en espanol) and los colores."
"We finished preparing for the oral test tomorrow. The student practiced listening and speaking skills and went over the grammar and vocabulary for units 6A, 6B, 7A and 7B."