Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent the first part of this session practicing the vocabulary of rooms and features of a home, which her French class recently used to describe the students' dream homes. In the course of reviewing this vocabulary, we also worked on pronunciation and on using the correct forms of the French verb for 'to be' in the present tense. As we talked about what the student's class had and hadn't covered with respect to this material, some of the issues that have contributed to the student's struggles in French became more clear: first, her lack of access to a textbook makes it difficult for her to practice vocabulary and grammar at home. Additionally, the way in which she has been taking notes and keeping the notes she's taken has sometimes left her unable to find the information to study and review. We discussed some possible adjustments to the student's study skills, such as taking notes on anything that her teacher writes on the board and doing so on her own paper, rather than in the packets that her teacher frequently collects at the end of class; making her own copies of vocabulary lists, where she sorts the words she's learning into categories that make sense to her in order to retain both their meaning and their spelling; and keeping her notes in order by date in a folder, single-subject notebook, or slim binder. I also suggested that she work each day on using the vocabulary and structures that were introduced or practiced that day in class, preferably by writing original sentences using them. Finally, we explored options for her to get a very inexpensive copy of the textbook from which it appears that her teacher is pulling vocabulary and workbook assignments, both so that she can practice the material from her class at home and so that we can target our communicative activities as effectively as possible."
"I helped the student review vocabulary and verb conjugations for his upcoming test. We made note cards, which he found very useful."
"We went over multiple choice questions for his AP French exam on Tuesday 5/13. He scored well. We also covered writing an email."