Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Helped the student review for his Chapter 2 test. Worked on vocabulary (school/academics), conversation (how to ask and tell time, expressing opinions), and pronunciation."
"This is our second session and the student has hit the ground running by reading 2 articles and writing a response for each. I am pleased to see his writing is mostly correct. I asked him to talk about the articles in French. He started out well and when it came to answering my questions, he had difficulties structuring his response. Even if it takes a bit more thinking, correct syntax will give him the upper hand in the exam. We agreed on daily assignments comprised of 5 readings, 5 writing pieces, listening to French radio et cetera."
"We reviewed materials studied during the last session, and we emphasized our study of possessive adjectives."
"The student is great at following the formula and recognizing irregular verbs so I'm trying to help her build confidence and vocab so she can have better contextual clues. I think she is better at speaking and reading French than she thinks she is, so we are working on finding ways for her to discover that for herself."
"The student and I reviewed her homework- two worksheets concerning the imparfait, and one concerning the placement of adverbs. For the first worksheet, we worked on how to form the imparfait of different verbs, including irregulars. The student will need to study irregular verbs in the present forms a bit more in order to form the imperfect tense (whose stem is formed by taking off the "ons"ù from the nous present form of all verbs, except etre). I often wrote out the conjugations on a white board, and from that the student formed the imperfect stem and then the necessary conjugations. The second worksheet was similar to the first, but only asked for one conjugation out of the six, instead of all six forms (je, tu, il, nous, vous, elles), yet was tricky as it included even more irregular verbs than on the first sheet. I had to look up some of the verbs to make sure their forms were correct! Imperfect conjugations can get overwhelming, especially when the verbs are irregular, but as long as she remembers how to form the stem, she'll be fine. The student is easily able to conjugate to the imparfait once she forms the stem. The last worksheet (adverbs) was one for which I had to research a bit in order to help her, though she did know many of them by herself. I look forward to our next session!"
"I assessed the student's proficiency level and began by reviewing grammar and vocabulary for introductions, including greetings, giving and asking for names, nationalities, and professions using a mix of written and verbal activities. I assigned a few exercises to complete before the next session and gave recommendations for books and online resources for French learning."
"Review of imparfait and passe compose verbs and verb conjugation to prep the student for her test the next day. Also worked on direct translations from French to English and English to French."
"Another review for her final with conditional, future, object pronouns, and "faire" phrases for her oral exam on Tuesday."
"We covered countries and nationalities. We covered the verbs "aimer" and "faire." The students are starting to gain confidence."
"We did reading comprehension and the student answered questions. Discussed vocab and took turns reading and checking understanding. I reminded the student that we need to meet every week even if she doesn't have written work. She agrees she needs my help and motivation to stay on top of the readings and to help explain things."
"The main topic we covered was les salutations. We went over formal and informal greetings and explained the difference between "tu" and "vous"."
"Reviewed inheritance law and the French conditional tense with the eldest son. Reviewed vocabulary with the youngest and helped him answer questions on television program worksheet."