Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We used this last session before the final to prepare for the exam and go over as many topics as possible. These included stem-changing verbs, irregular preterite verbs, future and conditional verbs, the differences between the preterite and imperfect tenses, command forms, the varied uses of the subjunctive, perfect and progressive tenses, and past and present participles. The boys showed a good knowledge of most of these topics, though I let them know that they still needed to put in a good amount of work into memorizing many of the irregular verbs (especially preterite and future/conditional forms). The subjunctive was much better by session's end; other topics, such as the imperfect and preterite, were great. Overall, I think they are definitely in good shape for the final as long as they continue to study more tonight."
"On my last session with this student, we continued reviewing vocabulary words related to the classroom. We went over each word's definition and pronunciation in Spanish. After that activity, we studied the cardinal numbers from 30 to 40. As a practice I had her writing each number on a small white board as I was telling her the number in Spanish. Additionally, she had this awesome idea of playing the game "UNO" and use this game as a practice for her to review the numbers and colors in Spanish. As we were playing she had the opportunity to point out all the colors in Spanish as well as different numbers. She also learned new vocabulary words related to the game such as (game=juego) (Champ-campeona) (cards=cartas) (draw=toma) and some other ones. Finally, and to finish the session, we did a reading in Spanish where the student had the opportunity to read and practice her reading skills in the target language."
"We covered imperfect and preterite tense formation and when to use one over the other. We also did a practice exercise focusing on the vocab and tense usage, and then the student wrote his own story using the tenses. I left vocabulary and grammar for him to study for next time. He could use some more work on vocabulary specifically. Great work!"
"We did conversational Spanish. The student needs Spanish for work and social purposes. He finds it easy and fun. I left him two newspapers articles, some pronunciation practice and set expressions to remember."
"The student had written a paragraph in Spanish; we began by reviewing that and grammatical issues arising in connection to it. We talked about the pronoun system: person, number, gender, case. We briefly introduced clitics and object pronouns. In verbs, we discussed tense, aspect, mood, and mentioned the auxiliary system in English. The student has acquired a laminated grammar reference sheet for Spanish. I asked her to look it over and note some questions for next time, as well as to complete another writing exercise."
"We were making conversations all the time, and our topics mainly revolved around daily activities, food, hobby, and family. The student was struggling most with structuring main parts of a sentence and putting them together. I encouraged him to try not to worry too much about following the correct grammatical rules at the early stage and I suggest focusing on getting your idea across, maintaining the conversation and keeping your sentences short and simple."