Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student wanted to do some review. We started immediately with a conversation about what she did over the last month, practicing the preterite. I gave her some present tense practice and translation practice with regular, common verbs. We reviewed vocabulary on the seasons (and some syllable structure), days of the week, months of the year, and family. She asked to review the alphabet so we did that and practiced some spelling. At this point we had covered a lot of material so we decided to go over body parts (cabeza, hombros, rodillas, pies) to do something not quite as mentally taxing. We have a session planned in two weeks, and she is going to tell me about what she did over those two weeks in the preterite. She is also going to try to find a verb I don't know to teach me."
"The student and I met in three 30-minute sessions. During the first session, we continued practice with reflexive pronouns, direct objects, and indirect objects. During the next two sessions, we practiced the preterite and imperfect tenses including conjugation and deciding which tense to use (they both translate to past tense in English). He appears to be catching on to the concept and will likely have good control over these elements of grammar with a bit more practice. It has been encouraging to note that he incorporated some of the tips and lessons from our previous sessions while he worked some translations in our most recent session, including proper use of prepositional phrases and an instinct for when to use direct and indirect objects for translation (rather than other approaches which are more English-like but less standard in Spanish)."
"In this session, we reviewed homework and focused on expressions with prepositions and "tener." Before we started working on homework, we reviewed the vocabulary and grammar we have done for the chapter so far in order to tie this new subject to the chapter's main theme (food and verbs:- er, and -ir). In addition, we noticed that any verb followed by either preposition or a conjugated verb will stay in its infinitive form. So, we wrote a few expressions on an index card and put it on his room's wall to help him remember the structure. Then, we moved on to homework, and it was pretty straight forward after reviewing the material. The student did well. I like how he is able to connect topics when reviewing. This is apparent especially when doing exercises or studying for a quiz or test."
"The student and I reviewed the material we went over last time (pronunciation, introductions, important words/phrases, numbers, and telling time) and moved on to cover new material. I explained verb conjugations and gave her a list of common/useful verbs and their conjugations. Then, we started working on food and restaurant vocabulary, and we'll continue with that next session. She was very focused and dedicated, and she had reviewed the material on her own since our last session. She was catching on to verb conjugations very quickly."
"We began to conjugate -ar ending verbs in Spanish. We covered the subjects in Spanish too. The student did very well with understanding the different subjects in Spanish and the verb conjugations. She also understood the different endings for the different subjects in Spanish."
"We covered vocabulary that describes how someone is feeling, and we covered what advice to give using the verbs tener, debar, estar, and more. Completing several activities in the textbook was helpful to review the vocabulary. We will meet again in a few days."