Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We met at the student's house and she worked on her homework (reflexive verbs). We also worked on translating a short story for her class. We then covered several concepts: question words, proper use of first and second person when answering questions, and effective ways to learn vocabulary. Finally, we went over a large number of vocabulary words that she needs to know. She is quite bright and picks up the grammar easily, but she has a vocabulary shortage, so she needs to work on that specifically."
"In this session the student worked on his homework on -ar verbs and vocabulary. We worked through the exercises pretty quickly since he was already familiar with this topic and also because we had studied it the previous session for his quiz. After we finished the exercises we practiced reading, focusing on pronunciation. It was a very productive session."
"We covered informal affirmative commands (regular and irregular), the present progressive tense, directional/spatial adjectives, numbers past 100 and reviewed a quiz. We worked on simplifying material and finding patterns in things like numbers."
"Today we worked on the use of the present progressive versus the present tense and did some practice with stem changing verbs. We also put up some labels around the student's office to help him learn/memorize some of the items he sees daily. I recommended he do the same at home. He's continuing to listen to his audio discs in his car for comprehension of native speakers."
"Today, I noticed the student didn't know some basic concepts that he should know from previous courses. I explained to him how to conjugate the present tense. I also gave him some exercises to practice it. Then, I explained to him the prepositions in Spanish and we practiced together with some exercises online and from his textbook. After that, we were talking about "me toca" and "me parece." I gave him extra exercises about present tense for him to practice for next week. About the strategies, I told him, every time he has doubts about how to conjugate verbs in present tense, he just has to write in a paper the main rule that he already has in his books and find the answer trying to understand the rule."
"The student and I reviewed to the end of chapter 4 in preparation for her exam on Monday. We focused on questions and conjugating irregular verbs that required a root change, such as cerrar, jugar, dormir, conseguir. We also practiced verbs with -go for the yo form, hacer, poner, etc."