Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we covered new material and vocabulary focusing on clothing and fashion as well as important verbs such as llevar. We started the session with a speaking activity and they told me about an event that they had been to. This was helpful to review food vocabulary as well as talking about people, things and places."
"Today we got to know each other a little bit. I had her look up words and conjugations. We then worked on por/para with some activities from a grammar manual I have. The student still needs to work on por/para, but she appears to have a good basic understanding of the concept. We also worked on the present subjunctive. Then we worked on the imperatives using a worksheet, as well as more activities from the grammar manual. We looked at all forms of commands - tu, vosotros, usted, ustedes, and nosotros. She is very quick, and she does very well with these concepts. Next time we should probably review por/para and do some work with usted/ustedes. The student has a great attitude, and I am looking forward to working with her more."
"The pupil and I worked on technology vocabulary, putting double/modal verbs together with infinitives, and reflexive verbs. Already, I can see she is receptive to tutoring. Our areas of focus moving forward will be vocabulary acquisition and grammar."
"We covered vocabulary and grammar (preterite versus imperfect). The student did a very good job with these topics but needed some refreshers with the vocabulary and with the irregular preterite and imperfect verb conjugations. We reviewed vocabulary and did sentence translations, and verb conjugations. Finally, we played a game to reinforce vocabulary. She has a test coming up on March 4th that we are preparing her for."
"During this session I covered the Subjunctive with the student. I explained when to use the Subjunctive and how to conjugate it. She was a little unsure about when to use the Subjunctive, and I explained that it is a non existent tense in English that she will become more familiar with it as she practices it. She did well in the few practice exercises that we completed."
"Today the student and I went through his vocabulary on household items. He needed to refer to his notes, so I encouraged him to make flashcards, re-write the words over and over, and use other memory devices to better commit the words to memory before his quiz on Wednesday. He said the packet was helping him practice the vocab, and making him better acquainted with the usage. He still has trouble remembering old verb vocabulary and definitions, so we tried coming up with ways to remember common verbs like "ir". There are a lot of new verbs in his class material, so it is understandable that he may feel overwhelmed. I encouraged him to review old material on a regular basis to keep everything fresh."
"We worked on preparing for the student's Spanish test this week. It is a written essay test using the subjunctive. She and I worked on strategies for the prompts that her teacher gave her to use. We talked about setting up her essay and what strategies she could use to make her exam experience better. Her technical ability is still very well-developed. She works hard to understand the conjugations and, for the most part, she has them down. Her biggest weakness is still her lack of vocabulary prowess. We are working on this."
"In addition to helping the student with some of his homework, we covered the negative imperatives (regular) and briefly touched direct object pronouns, which he specifically requested. We are a little ahead of class since this past week was a video project. Our next meeting will be focused on direct object pronouns and Spanish reflexive verbs (as the student requested)."
"We learned our numbers today, starting from 0-100. I helped break down the pronunciation of numbers after 50 and showed him ways he could easily remember by; such as seeing the resemblance from 'seis' (6) to 'sesenta' (60). Practiced memorizing and learning the numbers by playing a guessing game of choosing a number between 1-100. Also, thought him how we express telephone numbers in Spanish which is a great, easy, and relevant way of learning them."
"The student is really showing some great understanding and is using her new knowledge. We have been working on her preliteracy skills (colors, numbers, letters) as well as talking about food and princesses. She has been improving!"
"We reviewed the use of indirect object pronouns, going through some exercises in the textbook. The student needed help with many of these, as they were more complicated than sentences he had encountered before and the sentences used vocabulary from chapters that we had switched. Nonetheless, he seemed to make important connections during this exercise and we were able to review some important fundamentals. After the exercise, we discussed some important verbal phrases, including 'hace..que' and 'tener __ anos'. I asked him to complete several exercises from the textbook before our next session on Thursday."
"The student and I went over a worksheet in subjunctive, another in formal commands, another in informal commands, and then finally a review of affirmative and negative informal and formal commands with articles. It was a good refresher of the rules, and he was able to retain the rules very well."