Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had mentioned that he needs practice speaking in the past tense in Spanish, so we introduced the concepts of the preterite and the imperfect. We focused in this session on the preterite, which we use to describe things that occurred once, or that had a definitive beginning or ending in the past. We studied a worksheet that presented the preterite endings for regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs, and also learned some of the more common verbs with irregular preterite forms. Then he practiced talking about what he did yesterday. He mentioned that he is mostly an auditory learner, but we did talk about the benefits of reinforcing auditory learning with writing and reading, so that he can visualize the words, aiding him in the memorization of new vocabulary and pronunciation."
"During our first session, I covered the preterit and the imperfect verb tenses with the student. We went on to look at special/ irregular verbs in Spanish and thoroughly practiced conjugating with a sheet in a "fill in the blank" way which she had in hand from her class. We did this as a drill due to the fact that she had a quiz the next day for her Spanish class. She is very bright and caught up with memorizing the differences between both of the verb tenses very quickly!"
"We went over ser and estar verbs. I had sent them activities and we reviewed them; they were almost perfect. We did oral activities and went over the rules of these verbs; we only worked with present tense. I had also sent them POR and PARA activities, and they did their homework and they found it difficult to differentiate one from the other; nevertheless, their homework met with success."
"We reviewed regular preterit from last week and started practicing the irregular preterit verbs ser, ir, dar, and hacer. We also listened to a song with regular and irregular verbs and did a fill in the blank activity with them. I think it well help to have the workbook to feel more focused. She now has a copy of the song lyric fill-in activity to complete for our next session."
"The student did really well in this session as we mainly reviewed older vocabulary terms that I have taught him to ensure maximum retention of the material and also introduced new material/ vocabulary terms."
"Today, I helped the student with his Spanish spelling word sentences. He did wonderfully, and had a much better attitude today than in past sessions. He still has some ongoing issues with vocabulary retention, but the supplemental activities his parents are providing seem like an excellent way to improve this. We also watched a fun video about personal pronouns with a puppet and a song, and I explained to his mom that introducing concepts that are above his current Spanish level could ultimately help improve his confidence. I'm looking forward to my next session with him!"