Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student told me that she earned a grade of 90 on her last test. I was very happy to hear that. Because she and I completed the review worksheet last Thursday, I showed her how I would study for the upcoming test. I showed her all the future tense verbs listed in her textbook and we practiced those verbs by placing them into sentences using future word indicators such as: tomorrow, next week, next Monday, in a month, when, etc. Those indicators are listed in her textbook. I also showed her where the cities and countries are listed with correct prepositions for words to, in, at, and from in her textbook. Generally speaking, if the country ends in the letter "e," it uses "en," but there are exceptions like Mexique for Mexico which is au Mexique not en like in en France. So, she needs to review those countries as well as cities and Islands. I showed her where the demonstratives (this, that, these, and those) are located in her textbook. We reviewed with examples used in the textbook. Also, we reviewed penser a with an accent. When it's used with things, you use "y" to replace the objects. When you use it with a person, it is replaced with "lui" or for more than one person it is "leur." We reviewed partir, sortir and quitter again and how these three verbs are used. I showed the student where these verbs and the usage are located in her textbook. So, the evening before the test, she will write out the practice sentences that we used on all without the answers. Then, she will try to fill in the blanks with correct answers and will check her answers with the completed, correct drills we did together during the tutoring session. If she has Monday off, I am hoping she uses that time to study for the French test and that she studies again the night before the test too. Daily practice and studying works best."
"In our last session, I reviewed the student's homework, which was about rewriting her previous homework describing her childhood. We then started with the recent past tense in French and did the comparison between it and the other two types of past tenses. I gave the student some exercises on that topic, which showed progress on her identifying what tense works in such sentence in a context. Besides, she conjugated the reflexive verbs way better than before either in the present or the past tenses. After that, I explained to her the progressive future or the near future rule as it's called in English. At the end of the session, we had a conversation in French. Through that conversation, we discussed the vocabulary she studied and I left her with vocabulary homework."
"It was another fantastic session with the student! As always, we reviewed and practiced our French and learned more new French creatively! Our lessons are such a joy and pleasure! She is doing so great!"