Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, the student and I worked on the topic that has been giving her the most difficulty, irregular verbs (specifically, imperfect and preterite). After completing workbook exercises, she was tasked with beginning a reflection of her work during the week. A completed reflection is due for our next meeting. A reflection is a good way to remember all of the strategies learned during tutoring sessions, and for understanding their place in her overall learning goals. For the next session, we will study command phrases (formal and informal); the subjunctive; and more irregular verbs."
"We went over the student's school Spanish book. The topic was nationalities. We reviewed all of them multiple times until he could memorize them. He was able to spell and say them multiple times without help. He wants to do well with the class and follow my instructions. He had already done the homework for the day on his own. In the future I would like to be able to go over the homework with him as we discussed in our session. We put the nationalities in buckets based on the ending to help him remember them easier. I think he will do great this year if we continue in this track."
"The student and I discussed the requirements for her assignment and the began discussing her summer as a prewriting activity. We then reviewed vocabulary for her assignment. Next, we reviewed the conjugations for preterite tense. She remembered almost all the preterite conjugations and it was easy for her to conjugate them. She then began writing her essay. She easily corrected mistakes and mainly needed guidance and encouragement as she wrote her paper. She finished the paper quickly and she assured me that she had all the practice she needed for her entrance exam in class."
"Today we talked about leisure activities that the student participated in this weekend. The student explained that she has homework to do for school and has started to complete it. We talked about the homework assignments in detail. Our conversations are always in the target language. We continued our session by reading several chapters of the book that we are reading together. The student always highlights any words that she is unfamiliar with, and we review each one at the end of each chapter. We are almost done with the book with only four more chapters to go. We plan on meeting again on Friday."
"The student and I introduced ourselves and took some time identifying his specific learning style. We then proceeded to review what material he had covered last year and what areas he wanted to focus on. For the remainder of our session we focused heavily on regular present tense verbs."
"The student is going to be so ready for Spanish 2. She is already differentiating between the preterit tense and the imperfect tense. She really understands the conceptual differences between the two, but she keeps forgetting which is which. It's an easy problem to fix, but she definitely needs to keep them straight before she goes back to school. We spent most of the session working on preterit vs imperfect, and we also reviewed reflexive verbs. She is doing awesome!"