Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed all of the flashcards the student has made since February. He reported that he got an A on his fluency exam, and he expects this will bump his C to a B+ or an A-. He did not have any homework, but he did express concern about the final exam in June, which will cover all of the material from 7th and 8th grade Spanish. Together, we outlined a plan to review 7th grade vocabulary and concepts in the weeks leading up to the final exam. We started by reviewing the first 7th grade unit, which dealt with hobbies. The student had not retained any of the vocabulary or phrases, so we made flash cards, and this seemed to help."
"Today, the student and I went over basic vocabulary exercises to help him grow accustomed to the nature of learning a language through repetition. I created a competency quiz ahead of time to gauge his current proficiency, and noticed that he did not have a handle on the numbers in Spanish. This is essential information, so we worked on hammering it into his brain through repetition, to where he was able to recite most of the numbers without a second thought. The student was also shaky on the difference between ser/ester and saber/conocer, so I explained these concepts in further detail. I also introduced him to a Spanish language app, and I expect him to use it for 30 minutes every day. I also asked questions as to how his class is structured and how many tests are remaining. I intend to get a copy of the syllabus for his class and work closely around it. The student has a handle on the mechanics of Spanish, but he has a limited vocabulary and a difficult time remembering what words mean. I intend to build his vocabulary through 'call and response' exercises to help build a reservoir of words to have at his disposal to express himself. Now that I have an indication of where he stands and how his class is structured, we are going to be paying much closer attention to his class textbook, and utilizing similar repetitive exercises to help him comprehend the material and study for his remaining tests."
"Read from the student's novel "las aventuras de Alejandro," and we completed assignments from workbook, using new vocabulary and answering questions orally and in complete sentences."
"We reviewed the difficult but rewarding subjunctive forms in their entirety. We also did some exercitationes and Sententiae Antiquae and reviewed some verbs that the student has been slipping up on. We also practiced pronunciation."
"We began our session tonight with a verb "warm-up"; I typed in Latin verbs in different tenses and moods and the student told me what the tense, mood, person, and number was. She was very accurate; I could tell she was practicing with parsing verbs. We reviewed a couple of the more difficult forms to memorize and reviewed how to identify the conjugation of a verb. After the verb review we worked through the translations of six sentences. If the sentences contained conditions, I asked her to identify which type of condition it was and thus how to translate them. As we worked through the sentences, her translations were overall accurate, though she struggled a bit with more complicated constructions (like indirect statements) and needed some reminders about verb and noun endings. For the remaining sentences in her assignment, I encouraged her to work through them slowly and to "keep digging" if the translation was not making sense. The student has a very solid grasp on the different types of conditions and how to translate them; I can see definite progress in that area!"
"We went over a practice exam for her test next week. She understands definitions really well. I gave her some work regarding endings of forms and we will meet to go over any last minute prep before her test."