Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I confirmed that the student's homework was done correctly. I then helped him study vocabulary for the upcoming final. He is feeling more confident and has brought his grade up a whole letter!!"
"Today, the student and I spent the time creating a fictional story based off of a painting of his choice by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. We worked on keeping tenses consistent, and spent some time reviewing the difference between ser & estar. Afterwards, we brainstormed for his next essay that he has to write based off an article on the political changes happening in Cuba. I shared my expertise and brief history of Cuba to give more context to his paper, and we were able to at least map out a format for the paper. The student will try to write out his thoughts beforehand, and then we can just work on translating them once he gets online to his next session. He is definitely not afraid to try; I kind of just let him start writing on the document writer and chime in when necessary to explain further."
"The student and I reviewed her subjunctive quiz. We paid specific attention to sentences where the subject does not change, and therefore the second verb is left in the infinitive. I broke down each question and explained each answer. I left her with notes and more examples. We then covered por vs. para with examples. We also briefly reviewed commands. I'm coming up with a broad study guide for her final."
"For this session, we mostly reviewed the different conjugations, such as in the future and preterite tenses. In the student's class, he has briefly started learning the subjunctive mood; however, they only went over the different ways of conjugating the verbs, not how to use it. Following going over the subjunctive, I quizzed him using various regular verbs. After the quizzing, he wrote a paragraph utilizing as many tenses as he could for further practice, which he finished as his homework for the weekend."
"Concepts covered: formal commands, conditionals, vocabulary. The student seemed pretty positive this session. Her teacher said she did well on her presentation. She remembered verb tenses from several weeks ago. She could write all of the irregular conditional verbs without prompting."
"The student and I went over the present subjunctive. We talked about how he needs to catch up with the material in class. It is important that he reads the chapters before we reviewed them. We will be meeting again on Thursday."