Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For the first half of our session, we reviewed the use of "ser" vs. "estar." This is a grammatical concept we covered several weeks ago, so I wanted to make sure we reviewed it again. After discussing the uses of each verb, I had the student complete some practice exercises online with me. She understands the concept. For the second half of our session, we reviewed the preterite verb tense. Again, she understood the concept and did pretty well on most of the practice exercises."
"During this session, the student and I continued with telling time. We studied the words for morning, afternoon, and night, as well as for midnight and midday. We also spent some time watching counting and time-telling videos, as she enjoys singing along. We will pick back up on the vocabulary next time!"
"The student has an exam tomorrow on the present tense of the verb "ir" (to go) and question words (who, what, when, why, etc.). We spent the majority of today's session studying those concepts in anticipation of the exam, primarily through fill-in-the-blank exercises and sentence writing. We also went over a worksheet that covers new material (event related vocabulary) and that is due in class tomorrow. He seems well prepared for his exam. The key will be that he doesn't rush through it but takes his time and double-checks his work. We discussed some tricks for how he might do this, for example, going back over his answers and translating them into English to be sure that they make sense (verbs are conjugated correctly, no words are missing, etc.). Overall, he seems to be improving quickly."
"We practiced with numbers 1 to 20 and vocabulary on items around the house as well as clothing, which I had the student write in categories in his notebook after viewing and repeating them on flashcards. I then did a review of the pictures he took notes on by asking simple questions about them. I also did an activity with him reviewing coins and adding them up in Spanish as part of the review on numbers. I also introduced how to say 'I like' and 'Do you like...' and used visuals when asking him what he likes to do. For example, I asked him "Do you like to eat?" while holding up a picture of someone eating. He would respond "I like it" or "yes" or sometimes "no" depending on the activity shown in the picture."
"The student had a couple of books to read from her school. I corrected some pronunciation and helped her learn the new vocabulary that the teacher assigned from her book. She still needs to do some repetition of the new words. She is a brilliant little girl and a quick learner."
"The student is moving into the harder facts! We worked up to 8 to day. The student did a timed quiz. She was able to do 33 of 55 multiplication problems in 2 minutes. We'll continue these each week to track her progress. We also went over her homework, which she didn't seem to have trouble with, so I think she'll do well on that exam when it comes up."