Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Covered: Present perfect vs. past tense, modal verbs, difference ich mochte, ich mag, sentence structure with and without an expression of time at the beginning."
"I met with the student for our first lesson on Wednesday. I was not aware that he was taking a German class. He has an exam soon. He brought his textbook, and we went over sentence structure and verb conjugations. I reviewed how to use time expressions in German, which are different from the way we tell time in English. He was struggling with remembering to conjugate verbs and how to structure a basic sentence. He did not feel comfortable about the material and said that it just was jumbled in his head; he seemed nervous and uncertain about his responses. I explained to him that in German, any mention of time is expressed much earlier in the sentence than in its English counterpart. I used my laptop to type out notes and show him how each sentence should be properly sequenced. After a few tries, the student was able to answer my questions more fluidly and more precisely. I think after some practice, he felt much more comfortable and the concepts started to click for him. We worked on negation form with the word nicht by taking existing examples in the textbook and extrapolating into question forms. I also reviewed the days of the week names with him. He mentioned that vocabulary would be on the test, so I made sure to review each and every vocabulary word and how to pronounce each one with him. I emailed him the notes from our session to review. He said that it was a lot more helpful than he expected and felt that he learned a lot."
"This lesson, we went over Situation 4 and 5 together and went into depth about making sentences using the comparative or the superlative in German. HW: Do Situation 9 or 10 (write shopping lists or a recipe)."