Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we started on the subjunctive. I gave the student some supplemental materials to her online course. Subjunctive can be a difficult new concept, and is usually one that students review many times while learning Spanish, but we made a good start today. The student will complete the last few parts of the first half of the online course, and be reviewing and studying for her exam."
"In our final third (of 3) sessions, we reviewed the six areas in which the student said she felt a little weak: 1. the present subjunctive 2. the conditional 3. the future 4. the imperative - in the affirmative and in the negative 5. the use of "por" versus the use of "para" 6. the use of subject pronouns and prepositional pronouns. She has studied rigorously for her exam tomorrow and I feel confident that she will do well. In fact, she said she'd never felt as ready for any test as she feels for this one. She is strong in all of the subject areas but more so in the use of the conditional and the future. She handles the present subjunctive and imperative appropriately for someone in her level. She occasionally struggles with the use of "por" versus "para" but has now a better grasp of their use. I'm confident that she will perform spectacularly in her test tomorrow."
"The student worked on her project for Friday - writing sentences about 5 objects that represent her life. She used present and past tenses, and I showed her how to use the present perfect tense. She did pretty well, but struggles to remember prepositions. There were also several words that she did not know. In order to practice pronunciation and memorization for her presentation, I had her read each paragraph twice, record herself saying it, then I would tell her the English and have her determine/ remember the Spanish. Then she would read it one last time. She did pretty well with it, although she needs practice with pronunciation at times. When I left, she needed to do the last paragraph and keep practicing them all for memorization."
"In this session, we went over vocabulary related to camping and outdoor activities (mountain climbing, tent, canteen, etc.). We also had conversational practice and I helped her go over her homework assignments related to the outdoor vocabulary including a small composition relating to activities she did last time she went on an outdoor trip."
"Today we covered the student's grades and finals last semester. Then he told me about his new classes, workload, and goal for the semester. He has a slightly heavier workload than last year and hopes to have more As than last year and no Cs. Then we discussed his Spanish class more in depth. He has the same Spanish teacher so I am encouraging him to request permission to bring home his tests and quizzes for review. I believe this is vital for us to pinpoint his weak points on exams. I will even write a note requesting them. He then worked on his Spanish homework and upcoming vocabulary."
"The student has a test tomorrow on a set of 10 verbs, and must know the meanings and also how to conjugate them in the preterit and imperfect. We practiced conjugation and then also ran through various scenarios where the different tenses would be used. This is an area that is notoriously difficult for native English speakers, so it's very important to practice the uses of these tenses, not just conjugations."