Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I covered the topic--irregular verbs--with which she has been having trouble. Specifically, we studied irregular stems of -g and -cer verbs; we used the Spanish verb textbook for this work. We also worked on building conversational skills with text, and practiced the proper use of punctuation marks. The student noted that she found the work that we did today to be useful. We will return to our study of irregular verbs during tomorrow's session."
"We continued with a review of verbs and vocabulary. We focused on pret vs imp and covered the difference between ser and estar. We covered the listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing domains. Because vocab and grammar is normally presented out of context, the student has difficulty remembering meaning in new contexts. She is quickly learning to incorporate what she knows in "real" contexts. She is a hard worker and engages well in sessions."
"Today we talked about taking exams, how tests are formatted, and what they are worth. We continued to engage in dialogue about how I would like the student to watch the news in Spanish more often. We continued with tutoring by watching a news clip, and I checked to see if the student understood all that was said. After the video, we completed two additional video exercises to fill in the blank after watching a movie clip. I encouraged the student to continue watching videos, listening to Spanish radio stations and to continue working on the fill in the blanks movie video clips to reinforce the language."
"Today, the student and I focused on improving her college application essays, emphasizing concise language and editing techniques to reduce word count while maintaining and improving the flow and structure of the essay. We also worked on structuring her arguments so that each step in what she is trying to prove is more clear and delineated. She again had a great attitude today, staying focused and engaged. In terms of strategies and study skills, I helped her to more consistently locate extraneous words and phrases and to be able to identify which sentences in her essay serve a purpose and which are more extraneous and can be removed in the interest of length."
"The student and I reviewed the third draft of her Crime and Punishment essay with her teacher's feedback for revision. Our primary focus was cutting repetition, making sure body paragraphs stayed on point and didn't include extraneous content suitable for other paragraphs, using commas appropriately, and adding more textual support."
"During this session, the student and I read a short story in Spanish, and then we discussed it, practicing reading strategies and discussing how they will help for the AP test. We also worked on best strategies for the persuasive essay portion of the exam, a speaking prompt, and a verb tense quiz. She continues to make progress as the weeks go by."