Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continue to cover what she is currently learning in class, which often involves a combination of new vocabulary, and new verb conjugation. She's very adept at quickly learning vocab; verbs tend to be more difficult, which makes sense. I drew up some additional worksheets on these topics to help clarify. I also recommended that the student begin making flashcards for the main vocab and, more importantly, verbs that she has learned since the beginning of the semester. As her teacher pulls back the workload to focus on IB students, it will be critical for the student to keep a steady pace of involvement in Spanish studies. Particularly with the summer coming up, it would be ideal for her to hit the ground running in the fall, rather than struggle in case the program starts off at a fast pace."
"The student is learning imperfect and preterite tenses in Spanish. We began with a discussion of the differences between the two tenses and when each one is used and why. Then we reviewed the formation of each tense and worked on practice sentences where he would conjugate verbs in each tense. We finished with an activity in which he needed to choose between an imperfect or preterite verb. I sent him an additional notes sheet and a practice exercise for these new tenses."
"We worked on some irregular verbs (oir, creer, leer, distribuir, llover, nevar, comenzar) in the present and preterite. We also worked on conjugations in the Preterite and Imperfect. She did alright with those but still needs practice. I think she has trouble keeping all the endings and tenses straight. I am going to try diagramming everything for her soon so she can see where all the verbs fit in relation to each other."