Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over conjugations in the both the present and the past tense, with which she did very well. She had a little bit of trouble with two of the verbs and I advised her to study those ones more. We again went over the verbs that are used with the verb etre in the passe compose (I always stress to students how important repetition is) and she did really great; her memory of these verbs is getting much better! She has a quiz in French on Monday in regards to weather so we spent some time going over that topic; she said that it is making more sense to her now. The student hadn't yet completed the practice sentences I sent to her, so the goal is to have them completed by our next session and we will go over them together. For our next session, we will continue with practicing conjugations and will begin practicing making sentences in the present tense in the negative. We will also continue with practicing pronunciation. I also advised her to purchase a French dictionary as soon as possible, and to make note cards so she remembers definitions more easily, as that has helped her a lot in the past."
"We worked on distinguishing between direct and indirect objects, the uses of "y" and "en", and the order of reflexive/direct/indirect/place/quantity in sentences (and placing them before the last verb). We also worked on direct object and past participle agreement and reviewed exceptions to the grammar rules (of which there are always many in French!). The student hasn't gotten her midterm back yet but felt confident about most of the exam, with the exception of a section on the gerondif--I'm hoping to review that again in our next session. I'm going to try to find a list of exception verbs to forward to her (in regard to a specific grammar point involving "y"). She will be on spring break next week, so we'll schedule our next meeting depending on when she's free."
"We have been continuing to work on the passe compose with etre and avoir as well as vocabulary and conversation. The student learns quickly and is progressing very nicely."