Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the difference between the preterite and imperfect, as the student is having a test on this tomorrow. He forms them well, but the usage is still a little mixed up. I think he will do well enough on the test, but as he wants to achieve somewhat of fluency in Spanish, this is a topic I will continue in the future."
"We spent the first half of the session looking at the student's Spanish homework. While this is her strongest class grade-wise, she feels overwhelmed because she does not have the background of the other students. We went over basics like conjugating regular verbs in the present and agreement between nouns and articles. I then quizzed her on spelling. Lastly we took a look at her high school applications and worked on shortening some of the answers. This involved using what we went over last week about combining sentences."
"The student and I started our first session by covering some basic vocabulary. We covered words commonly used when talking about school and birthdays and when talking with friends. We then talked about basic present tense and how to conjugate the common verbs hacer, tener, and ser. He was attentive for our lesson. Towards the end of the lesson, he showed improvement in paying attention to a whole sentence in order to choose the correct answer."
"We had a really fun lesson. We talked about Halloween and her birthday and made up stories using Halloween vocabulary. She had done all of the work that I had assigned her perfectly. We also started to talk about the uses of formal and informal conjugation and the difference between ser and estar."
"We focused on her Spanish flashcards, and worked on pre-algebra concepts. I gave her drill questions on fractions, and negative numbers. She also asked me to review 4 literature homework problems towards the end of the session, which dealt with words ending in "cline"."
"She sent me a list of grammatical topics that would be covered on her Spanish midterm. We began by reviewing affirmative and negative expressions, and I gave her some tips for how to memorize the different words and put them into context. We spent a good deal of time discussing the subjunctive mood, how to form subjunctive verbs, and recognize phrases that typically introduce subjunctive clauses. We ended the session discussing reported speech and sequences of tenses. Next session we will review reported speech, work on some exercises with the subjunctive mood, and begin a review of the passive voice."
"Session went well. We did more work with subjunctive and started on the imperfect and preterit. While the student was talking about the subjunctive, it required a little more thought for her to conjugate. We will continue this practice subjunctive in the future. She also did the practices that I'd sent her last week. We reviewed a paragraph she'd written to practice with past tense; it was good overall, but had a couple of small errors. She's doing well overall!"
"We focused on questions she had previously drafted that she expected to use in her work, and did practice Q&A. We also discussed how we could build off of those to introduce more ways of asking and answering to get information. Her main homework is to send me the questions so that I can begin to organize them and think of other vocab and phrases that might be of use to her."
"Student knows very basic Spanish and is motivated to learn more simple phrases that he can use with his friends and merchants in daily life. Today we introduced ourselves, talked about the pronunciation of the Spanish alphabet, phrases for greeting and numbers up to 20."
"This session went really well. He has a quiz on Monday, and I feel very confident she is ready for it. The quiz is on the subjunctive and on commands. She said she felt good about the subjunctive so she wanted to work on commands. We did drills to run through the regular and irregular commands for tu, usted, ustedes, vosotros, and nosotros. She needs to review the irregular tu commands a little bit, but otherwise she got most questions correct. She even knows how to add the reflexive and direct object pronouns, which can normally be very hard for English speakers. I think she will do great on her quiz."
"Today we worked on reviewing the new words that we've gone over in the last few sessions. This includes: rooms around the house, outside/environment, and different place vocabulary. We also worked on reading, and her accent has improved a lot. The student is doing very well with quick recall. We also practiced our reading and worked on creating a very short story together. I left some practice worksheets."
"We went over the preterit tense (only the regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs + a few useful irregulars). I asked the student to make a conversation that highlights the preterit tense as well as the new vocab that we learned."