Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we practice more of the present, past, and future tense of common verbs using flashcards with new words. Built up new vocabulary and long sentences. Left the student with homework over the weekend to practice building sentences and conjugating verbs on different tenses."
"Student and I reviewed a sample of a test she had this week. I gave her some test taking tips. I explained some semantic/syntax rules and also the conjugation for collective nouns. I introduced the concept of the verb gustar, which opposes all the grammatical rules we have previously studied. She understands the mistakes she made on the test and felt content with her understanding. She will study what she learned today as homework for our next session."
"The student and I reviewed the vocabulary on jobs/professions that he had learned in class and talked about some additional vocab to help him write sentences. We spent 30-45 minutes of this session focusing on conversation skills. The student does very well with exercises where he is given the content and just needs to conjugate correctly or choose the right word, but struggles with more open-ended questions. I'd like to get him more comfortable with speaking and writing in an open-ended manner like this."
"We worked on learning many new words (vocabulary of clothing) and then making sentences and creating conversations. This really helped because it brings together grammar, creates connections to vocabulary and the ideas that match, and provides the opportunity to actively use a different language. We will meet again next Thursday."
"The student is interested in developing her Spanish skills through mediated immersion. Thus, our work together consisted of conversational dialogue. We conversed about each other's stories, our educational experiences, and our families. She recorded much of our conversation, and I spoke to her bilingually. I pointed out to her cultural resources she could use to continue training her hearing and continue developing her impressive vocabulary. We agreed to meet again next week."
"We worked on speaking using 'ser', 'estar', and 'haber' and listening comprehension. We also continued learning numbers, working with larger numbers, and larger sets of numbers (such as numeros de telefono). The student is progressing well - he demonstrated a good handle on the conjugation of ser and estar and seemed to pick up the numbers quickly. I assigned him a reading comprehension and a few other exercises in our textbook. I also asked him to begin learning the ordinal numbers."
"The student worked on her homework. It was online homework- we had to listen to a few videos and answer questions and write a short response. She did a great job and was able to answer all the questions correctly. After she finished her homework, we practiced speaking and listening to Spanish. We translated a Spanish song (Juanes- La Camisa Negra). She was able to hear certain words and could almost translate the song independently. We did only meet for an hour. She were able to complete her homework quickly. She wanted to end early so she could work on her research paper."
"During the session we practiced counting, listening and comprehension as well as some old and new vocabulary words. I am working with the student on the proper pronunciation of words he's studying in school, and he seems to be picking up pretty fast. We put together simple conversations and practiced male and female forms of words. The win of this session was that we figured out a fun game that he enjoys, and one that I can use to introduce new words and expressions in every new session. He is a very bright kid and I am happy to see him excited about learning Spanish!"
"Today, the student and I reviewed the alphabet discussing the consonants and vowels. She completed an activity where she had to write down the first letter in the word that she heard. She also had to listen to the sound of each letter and then write down the correct letter. She was left with flashcards to review the letters. I also reviewed her Spelling homework."
"The student worked on her flash card assignment from the last session, and we reviewed what she had learned thus far. We also reviewed a recent test that she revised with her teacher as a reference to where we need to study more. Due to the school break, I tasked her with section 1 and section 2 vocabulary review and creation of flashcards. Our following sessions will be on Tuesdays."
"She is fluent with a great accent! Today we used as a "get to know you" and to see what her expectations are. Also how she learns and what she hopes to get out of these lessons. She said she wants to maintain her Spanish. She would like help with grammar. She specifically would like help with subjunctive and preterit and imperfect. She feels really comfortable conversing in Spanish, but doesn't feel as comfortable writing and reading it (though she does well in both), but just wants practice. For future lessons we talked about having a conversation section, a grammar section and a reading section."
"In this session, we covered the use of "on" vs. "in" vs. "to." We also continued reviewing verb tenses, in particular, focusing on when to use the present unreal conditional vs. past unreal conditional as well as the more common future and past tense. My goal is to get her familiar with more complicated verb tenses while she continues to improve her mastery of the more simple verb tenses. We also covered the differences in how to structure a sentence in English vs. Spanish. I left the student with a bit more homework this time, given that we'll both be unable to meet next Sunday. She should complete three exercises on the grammar app that she downloaded onto her tablet."