Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the topic was about articles, and comparatives, using mas que, tan como, mejor que, peor que. We used some adjectives that the student knew and some other new, he was learning more vocabulary as well. He understood quickly and made great progress, now he is giving full sentences and using explanations as well."
"In this session we finished reading on the Aztecs and answered a few questions on the reading. We went over the already learned vocabulary, the new vocabulary, and the themes on the reading. After that, we worked on the difference between "SER" and "ESTAR". We worked on a few exercises. We reviewed the concepts and did some practice exercises."
"Today the student and I looked at pluscaimperfecto (regulars and irregulars) as well as preterit and imperfect. We discussed what an auxiliary verb is, when to use them, the difference between haber and tener, and how to form the irregular participles of verbs with pluscaimperfecto. We also looked at preterite and imperfect, how both are used to discuss events in the past, just in different ways. Overall, he had a great attitude and persisted through difficult questions. He has definitely grown in applying information in new contexts. He is making great strides."
"The student and I continued our discussion with ser and estar. She has been really practicing her estar verb forms which made me very happy. We practiced filling in the blanks in sentences that utilize either ser or estar. This gave us some practice in expanding her vocabulary as well as getting practice in choosing the correct verb!"
"We reviewed the previous lesson's vocabulary with conversation. We moved ahead with adjectives describing a person's physique: hair/eye color, size, etc. He read the story of the "Three little Pigs" in Spanish, stopping to understand the conjugation of the verbs (past/future) as well as content."
"Today the student and I covered the preterite tense, lots of new verbs, comparisons, contractions, pronunciations, the present progressive tense, and the present participle. She moves very quickly so we are always able to cover a lot of material in our sessions! She knows what she needs to learn and what she doesn't need to spend her time on, which I appreciate because that makes my job easy! She is making lots of progress already. We had a couple of conversations in Spanish. Great session overall."
"We continued on in chapter 6 in his book which is clothing and clothing stores. We practiced the vocabulary and terms in reading, writing, and speaking exercises. The student and I then discussed that this may be a good half way point to take a "final exam" to make sure he has a good grasp on the concepts he has learned this far before we move on. He and I will start reviewing for the "final" and do that within the next few weeks."
"Finished up with cultural part of our sessions, practice conversation, built up new vocabulary, and left the student with homework to write a small a paragraph based on the question from our conversation about global warming (calentamiento global) and which is more important to protect and why our oceans or our rain forests?"
"Today we started by reviewing work the student had done on her own over the weekend. Most of it was done correctly and I pointed out and went over a few errors she made. We then reviewed previous material such as the verb conjugation, the Spanish alphabet, and numbers. We then worked on some more verb conjugation. I had a worksheet on regular AR verbs which introduced some new vocabulary and we worked on this together. It took a little practice at first for her to remember how to conjugate verbs and to match them with their corresponding subject pronouns, but it all seemed to come back to her towards the end of the session. I instructed her to review the vocabulary we have gone over so far before the next session and we will continue to work on verb conjugation."
"I discussed study strategies with the student and gave her a textbook recommendation that would suit her study style better. Then we reviewed some basic Spanish greetings and common phrases and personal pronouns."
"Last night we continued practicing the preterite with regular verbs and the preterite with irregular verbs. The student read a short paragraph and then answered questions pertaining to the paragraph. In each sentence, he had to conjugate the verb provided. We also reviewed a newspaper article, and he made an excellent attempt at translating it from Spanish to English with minimal assistance."
"Yesterday, the student and I had a session where we went over a few of her homework assignments and went over preterit (I walked, I saw, etc.) and imperfect verb forms (I used to, I was walking). She recently got a verb book that provides reference guides for all of the verb forms in Spanish so we went through that together for the imperfect and preterit forms and situations in which you use each form. I also gave her examples of English verbs (I was studying, I lived, etc.) so that way she could associate Spanish verb tenses with English verbs she is familiar with. She told me that she felt more comfortable with knowing when to use each verb form. She told me she is supposed to have a partial exam today and tomorrow, so at the next session I will be able to check her progress based on the exam scores."