Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During our first meeting, we introduced ourselves. I went over my expectations, as well as his. Then, we went over how to conjugate "haber," in order to form the perfect. We went over the grammatical mechanics of the perfect tense. We learned how to syntactically construct it. We also learned about past participles: what they are and how to form them in Spanish for -IR/ER and -AR endings. We also made a large vocabulary list of important words he covered on his exam. I think we will work well together."
"As usual, we spent the first 20 minutes or so in conversation. We briefly looked at a language learning website that the student was hoping to use for listening practice. We'll both check it out in more detail this week. The student is also watching a Spanish TV series for practice. She had a couple of questions from her journal and then we discussed the short reading from our reading book. The student read me her answers from the book exercises that she did. We moved on to grammar, continuing with the use of reflexive verbs, this time practicing the reciprocal form. The student also wrote out some practice sentences using more idioms with "tener". We then looked at the novel that we're working through, and the student read me her summary of the latest chapter."
"This first session lasted just a little bit over an hour. We started with first verb conjugation (-ar) and learned how to present yourself with a few sentences in Spanish."
"The concepts we covered were basic vocabulary, saber y conocer, and we prepared together for his class oral project. The student has to get together with a classmate and record a one-minute video using 10 verbs, sports vocabulary, time, and seasons. The student's final exam is coming up in the next three weeks, and we will start preparing now."
"The tutor and student began the session by briefly getting to now each other. The tutor then asked the student what she was currently studying, to which she answered that her school teacher had assigned her work regarding family relation nomenclature and descriptive adjectives used to describe people. The tutor quickly found that the student was unable to conjugate the verb "ser" in present tense, and although the student's decoding and logic are good, as is recognition of phrases, the tutor worked with the student for much of the session, emphasizing the importance of this to actually acquiring the language. The tutor then reviewed some common family related terms as well as basic comparatives. The student has a test on Thursday, so the tutor offered to meet again on Tuesday (the next day) if necessary to help her with her studies (the student is normally scheduled for one session a week)."
"Today the student and I learned about classroom items. First, I taught her the vocabulary for all the words using my own class materials as examples. Then I uploaded a picture of a classroom and together we labeled all the words. Finally we played a game where we would hide something from the vocabulary behind our backs and the other would have to guess what we were hiding."