Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Keeping in line with recent topics, the student and I continued to work on irregular verbs, while also studying indefinite and negative words/ statements. We spent a good portion of our time working on what will eventually be a blog post about her recent concert experience. I told her that blog posts, entirely written in Spanish, would be a good way to track progress. I provided a number of transitional phrases, such as "es decir," to help her frame her writing. During tomorrow's session, we will study irregular verbs in the preterite, and, if time allows, open a blog."
"Today we went over subject pronouns once again. The student is having problems with these, but I think his foundation is there as long as he practices. We moved from written drills to spoken ones, which is more difficult. We also introduced the concept of the imperfecto tense, as that will be one of the topics that is covered hard this coming year in Spanish 2. We also reviewed how to conjugate the imperativo as that tense is used frequently with both DO and IO pronouns."
"Today was my second session with this student. Yesterday, we went over some of the grammar from her previous semester, including conjugating AR, ER, and IR verbs in the present tense, stem change verbs, and past tense (preterite). I had her write down the endings of the verb conjugations in the past tense as she found it challenging to remember. I then suggested that she create flashcards so she could study the endings."
"The student needed at least 30 more words in order to reach the required word limit for the Crime and Punishment essay. We reviewed her essay, and she decided to add more textual evidence to body paragraph two, which was the least developed in the essay's current state. She also developed the conclusion by adding the "real world implication" factor to the end. Lastly, we closely proofread the essay in preparation for immediate submission."
"Today the student and I worked on the literary component of her in-class IB English oral commentary, where she will have to answer questions about Hamlet. We covered several aspects of Hamlet centered primarily on the themes and motifs that appear in the play. She needed help with remembering details and characters in the play, as it has been quite a while since it was covered in class. She had a great attitude and was very forthcoming with her own ideas and analysis - which was great! In terms of strategies for her to use in the future, I showed her several resources related to Shakespearean analysis and showed her the methods that I use to investigate questions that I am unable to answer off of the top of my head. I believe that it's extremely important to not only tutor students on the material at hand, but to also give them tools they can use to find answers that they otherwise wouldn't be able to find."
"Today, the student and I worked on the persuasive essay portion of the AP Spanish exam. First, we practiced reading for understanding, by reading, then looking up vocabulary words, then rereading. Finally, we summarized. Next, we listened to the listening portion before beginning to plan essay writing. We then had time for a practice verb drill. Our plan is to do a complete persuasive essay portion from start to finish in the next session."