Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I reviewed the imperfect tense with the student for this week's quiz. We went over regular and irregular conjugations (ser,ver,ir) and the patterns they shared, plus the ones that were different. We used a song to remember the patterns and a cartoon to remember certain differences. We went over subject pronouns, clue phrases that call for the use of this tense and a list of vocabulary that she needs to know. We talked about cognates and words which have identifiable Latin roots. The purpose of this, was to show her tips to figure out vocabulary she forgets or has never seen before. I taught her ten verbs she did not know with a toy that served as a prompt. I collected info on the chapters that will be covered on her final next week and emailed her school teacher in order to get as much of her performance as of today as possible. She is going to review all the info we went over and will talk to her teacher and classmates to collect work/vocabulary sheets to guide is in preparing for her final during our next meeting on Saturday."
"The student needed help with a few online homework assignments and with preparation for her finals. She said that she had just begun learning stem-changing "-ir" verbs and, while doing the exercises, she was having a bit of trouble distinguishing between e->i verbs and e->ie verbs. I told her the best way to approach this was to write down the conjugations on flashcards so she would remember them better. She also had a finals study guide, so we went through some of the questions, which were of the free-response variety. She struggled a bit writing numbers in Spanish, so I gave her numbers (in English) that she wrote down (in Spanish) for added practice. Slowly, she remembered what she had learned."
"We covered negative expressions, did exercises in the textbook, and talked about vocabulary. She got a 91% on her most recent quiz. Our goal is to keep her in the A range. She was previously getting B's consistently in Spanish. She was struggling most with using "ninguno" properly and including the personal 'a' in sentences. I left her with extra practice."