Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was entirely a conversation class: we talked exercise and injuries, about Latino neighborhoods in Chicago and Mexican cooking, a little bit more about how technology is changing social behavior; however, we mostly talked about the books we are reading. I told the student about Moby Dick and he asked some insightful questions. He then gave me a summary of The Poisonwood Bible, and we discussed some of the themes and questions raised by that story. We also reviewed useful vocab for talking about literary works (reader, digression, vengeance, critique), as well as the use of the subjunctive in adverbial clauses."
"The student told me a bit about herself, her favorite subjects, and that she used to enjoy Spanish. I will be focusing on helping her with reading and auditory comprehension, various grammar trouble spots, and being able to comfortably converse. After we discussed areas she wanted to improve and after she developed three goals, we spent the final hour on her reading comprehension homework. We went paragraph by paragraph through the reading, with her reading out loud then translating each paragraph. She is bright and willing to work to comprehend more, and I'm excited to continue to work with her and help her improve. Going forward, we will continue similar exercises, and I will include different grammar activities/exercises and conversation/audio work to supplement the sessions."
"The student and I practiced reading comprehension by reading a fragment of a novel, and while reading aloud, stopped occasionally to discuss meaning, and to clarify ideas. After reading the selection, I asked some comprehension questions, most of which were critical thinking questions, requiring interpretation. She does a wonderful job of using higher level thinking, and has great skills in this area. In addition to reading, we practiced verb conjugations of all of the tenses, and then made plans for our next meeting, where we will continue to focus on reading and other skills needed for the AP exam coming up in May."
"The student and I covered some last-minute tips about boosting scores on the AP test. We discussed different transition words and comparison words that can be used, as well as possible introductions and conclusions to add more substance to the speaking portion. We also reviewed the six themes for AP Spanish Language and talked about some different cultures and ideas that relate to each theme. Finally, we alternated between practicing the conversational speaking portion and the cultural comparison section. She did much better using all of her time for each section and used some really specific examples and higher-level vocabulary and some strong political examples. She seems (and should be!) very confident for her exam tomorrow."
"In this session we read two short stories and one poem, and talked about the significance of the works by going into detail about the specific works. We also talked about the literary movements these works belong too. The student is great and just needs help pushing some of these concepts."
"We reviewed the conjugation of the nine verbs I asked the student to remember, and covered the future and past tense. She was diligent in learning the new concepts. Repetition and usage are my only recommendations. She grasped the new concepts and has memorized the old ones."