Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered a lot of ground today. She seems to need some strong refresher courses, which is perfectly fine. Learning a second language is hard, and admitting it's hard is not a weakness. It will take time, lots of work, and lots of errors. We covered mostly conjugation, but specifically the differences between passe compose and imparfait. I will provide her with some resources for her to review on her own time. We also worked on some pronunciation--she didn't seem to have any background in learning pronunciation. She seemed to like the structure of this session, so I will continue to go topic by topic and sprinkle in some vocabulary here and there. I'm hoping that she will practice vocabulary on her own time and during class as it seems that is what her class is focusing on at the moment. We will work on grammar and the structure of the language. I also gave her an audible resource to practice hearing the language. I am happy that she is determined to learn and look forward to watching her improve."
"Today was a test prep day. We reviewed the student's vocabulary, emphasizing the gender of nouns relating to clothing and hairstyles. We also practiced the 'causative faire,' especially how to conjugate it in the various tenses. Then, we drilled the concept with a series of timed quizzes, which he excelled at. He had mentioned having trouble with the genders of nouns, which is very normal, and I suggested he start adding the appropriate article to his flashcards to help him remember them. For example, a flash card for 'milk' should have 'le lait' instead of just 'lait' to indicate it is masculine."
"Today we focused the entire time on a future verb tense that the student has just learned. We started off with a conversation to warm up and we tried to incorporate the verb tense into the conversation. We then went into how the verb tense is formed and which verbs are irregular. She was having difficulties understanding when to use this tense, so we talked about that for a while. I gave two practice paragraphs to get used to conjugating. We ended talking about another concept in French called "si clauses." This is one of the more advanced topics, but I tried to simplify it for her and give her the basics to let that sink in while she continues to learn it in class. Other than that, all is well. She has a culture quiz tomorrow."
"The student and I went over formulating sentences using the pronouns en, y, leur, lui, le, la, les, me, te, vous, and nous. We went over some sentences together and then I had her complete sentences on her own. We then proceeded to go over her French project script, ensuring that she has pronouns and that she formulates a script that flows smoothly."
"I helped the student to get ready for a quiz on daily routines. We did several writing and speaking activities using the vocabulary given by his teacher and different reflexive verbs."
"I helped the student with her French today, going over some vocabulary and grammar items. We'll continue studying on Monday afternoon. I also made sure we had some time for French conversation."