Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I taught the student the alphabet, as well as basic phrases that should be useful in Costa Rica. We also purchased a Spanish book for her to use, downloaded an app for additional practice, and set her favorite movie, Harry Potter, to be dubbed in Spanish. She said she would watch it tonight, and she seems very excited! She seems like a lovely young lady who is enthusiastic about Spanish. I am looking forward to working with her."
"Today, after reviewing an email from the student's teacher, we decided to focus entirely on prepositions and home/bedroom vocabulary. The student had a hard time with the prepositions because they are fairly new to her, but she seemed much more confident with the vocabulary than she was last week. Her teacher also recommended that she work on her conversation skills, so I structured the lesson around her ability to answer questions and form sentences; we also talked about the possibility of her watching Spanish television shows, which I think would be very helpful. I learned that she earned a B+ on her recent report card, which is a promising sign."
"We covered greetings, introductions, pronouns, -ar verbs, and the conjugation of ser. The student most struggled with the conjugations of the -ar verbs and knowing which endings/pronouns to use. He seemed to improve attitude as the session went on and he started understanding more and more. I left him with some exercises to do from a packet he was given at school and suggested he make flashcards for the vocab and pronouns."
"The student did amazingly well today on her session as we worked very hard to practice for her exam on Friday. We reviewed vocabulary, reading comprehension and answering in full sentences in Spanish. She is getting very strong at reading, writing and speaking."
"This was our first tutoring session so I began by asking the student about the Spanish class that she is finding challenging. She is midway through the semester and realizes that there are some basic things that she has not learned yet. We looked at her midterm exam (a written page describing herself, her friends, and her interests) and together corrected the errors that her teacher had circled. Then she did a number of pages in her workbook that dealt with prepositions of place and the verbs "ser" and "estar." We reviewed the present tense conjugations of these verbs and by the end of the workbook practice she had a better grasp of them. She is positive and very focused and wants to understand the concepts. I think her analytical approach will serve her well in this regard. I recommended that she memorize the present tense verb endings of "ser" and "estar" this week. When we meet next week we'll go over what she has worked on in class and take it from there."
"Yesterday, the student and I focused on studying for her test, which is today. We spent the majority of our time reviewing "stem-changing verbs" and practicing with these verbs. I had her write out conjugations for many different verbs (she is a visual learner, and it helps her to write things down), and then I went through many of the practice examples provided by her professor with her."