Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session was spent helping the student study for her Spanish final exam on Friday! We went over all the grammar concepts she had learned this past semester. After giving her tips for the listening and reading comprehension sections (reading the questions ahead of time, having an idea as to what to look out for, etc.), we went through each of the four chapters and reviewed the grammar concepts. The concepts learned earlier in the semester were a little foggy in her mind, but once I had her do a couple of problems from each section, the concepts came back to her and she remembered. The concepts learned in the past month were the freshest in her mind, and I reassured her that since she's learned the concepts before (and practiced them with me in previous sessions), she shouldn't be completely lost when it comes to recalling certain grammar rules. Overall, I think she will do just fine on the exam as long as she reviews the material she has trouble remembering more than the material she learned in the past few weeks (which should already be fresh in her mind)."
"Today the student and I did more of the same practice involving Spanish possessives and gustar forms, as well as regular verb forms. He greatly improved and I think he will be ready for his exam tomorrow. I left him with more practice to do tonight."
"We had a productive session. I did a review of greetings & phrases and vocabulary via a thorough conversation with the student. I introduced the Spanish verb "ir + a..." ("to go to...") to express things to be done in the immediate future. Next, we had a lengthy conversation of what he is going to do over Christmas break using "Immediate Future"ù verb tenses + other verbs. He constructed complete sentences and understood the verb usage. We went online to look at maps of Latin America and discussed geography of Latin countries. I explained that most of Latin America is in the Southern Hemisphere and, therefore, the difference in climate and seasons there. He pointed out countries, islands and the Equator. He repeated the names of these all in Spanish. He knew how to say all surrounding bodies of water in Spanish with excellent pronunciation! I talked about the difference in weather in Latin America. We also discussed the difference in Fahrenheit -vs- Celsius degrees. I gave him the formula to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius and had him do a few examples to convert these 2 degrees measurements. He did great! I explained how Christmas (Navidad) is celebrated in Latin American countries as well as the differences in their customs & traditions as compared to the U.S. I left him many supplies (glitter, construction paper, foam, foam stick-on stars, glue and other decorations) so he can make a Spanish Christmas card for his parents. The greeting inside the card was all in Spanish and he wrote it out on a piece of paper so he can write it when he finishes his card. He was totally engaged and was quite interested in the degree conversion assignment and the geography of Latin America. We concluded with him reading a page (pg. 60) in a Spanish reader. We had a discussion of baseball, and identified any unknown vocabulary words. This tutoring session went quite well. He had outstanding participation!"