Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student and tutor reviewed present tense of a number of verbs: compartir, aprender, hacer, tener, etc. The student showed much improvement in his ability to conjugate verbs in the simple present. Also, tutor and student reviewed household vocabulary (piso, techo, pared, ventana, mesa, silla, etc.), and also prepositions."
"More household items and chores vocabulary. Use of present progressive tens. Practice pronunciation and conversation. We reviewed school homework. Student was left with practice exercises."
"We spent one hour on Spanish and one hour on Psych. We worked through the Spanish review packet and practiced test taking skills. For Psych, we reviewed how to make a study guide and went over concepts related to abnormal psych and defense mechanisms. We talked about the importance of organization."
"I prepared activities for por and para, which we reviewed and went through. The student also had a packet of review activities which she wanted to go through, and I explained/expanded on areas where she had difficulty."
"Today we started with an exercise on adjectives. It involved matching the proper Spanish adjective to the English one which was complemented with a picture. Then we proceeded with continuing the fairy tale of sleeping beauty in Spanish. The student's pronunciation has gotten better, she was taking more time and using a lot of effort to properly discern the word. It was a very good session and her reading level has really improved."
"Very good lesson! The student and I worked on conversation, grammar (reflexive pronouns) and went over his chapter. His understanding and application of previous learned content is getting better."
"Student A is preparing for a quiz on the preterite tense. We reviewed conjugations for -ar and -er/-ir verbs. The thing that has helped her most is to identify consistent patterns, for example that -er/-ir verbs always have an I in the preterite verb endings. She is also learning stem-change verbs such as pensar, preferir, servir, and pedir, though they are not on her upcoming quiz. Again, we identified a consistent pattern for the conjugations (the vowels in the stem change in all forms except nosotros), which helped her remember the forms. She is starting a new section of vocabulary and seems to be coming along pretty well. Student B is beginning a new unit on entertainment and sporting events. We did a quick pass over the vocabulary and then went over his homework, which included filling in vocab words based on both pictures and context. He is demonstrating pretty good reading comprehension on the fill-in sections. Student B is also preparing for the SAT this weekend, so I talked to him about general strategies (process of elimination, reading the questions before the passage on reading comprehension sections, "ballparking" possible correct answers in math). We will meet for a session devoted to the SAT on Thursday."
"The student has a test tomorrow. We reviewed vocabulary and irregular verb conjugations. We also paid special attention to words with accents."
"Review of first session (-er/-ir/-ar verbs); learned irregular "yo" present tense verbs and new vocabulary. Went over 9-week schedule of subject areas to be covered."
"Studied Spanish vocab for quiz and reviewed past preterite conjugation. Also reviewed scientific notation and how to simplify equations with bases and powers."
"We studied the future tense and its irregular verbs as well as reviewed vocabulary and sentences for the test."
"I reviewed the reflexive verbs that the student is studying with him today. He did worksheets and verbal activities to help him conjugate these verbs. We also talked about the imperative verb tense, mostly the irregular tu (you) command forms. We did some activities and I also asked him to make note cards to remember the eight tricky irregular, informal verb forms. The student catches onto grammatical patterns very quickly and is also quick to check his mistakes."