Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I practiced some listening today, so I brought a copy of the lyrics to Copa de Vida with some blanks. He filled in the blanks as he listened to the song a couple of times. We then went through and translated the song. Most notably, he learned that hay que + infinitive and tener que + infinitive mean have to in English. I then quizzed him verbally on commands and definitions, having him form his own sentences. We then made flashcards to help him with the definitions of the verbs."
"We covered the use of two verb tenses - preterite tense and the imperfect tense. He needed to know when to use each tense. We worked on two worksheets that contained these two tenses. I also helped him study three irregular verbs in the imperfect tense. At the end of the study session, he had mastered these three verbs. I told him to study these verbs the way we did in our study session. He was very involved in the study session and was making good progress. I asked him if he now had a better understanding of the difference between preterite and imperfect tenses and he said "yes.""
"The student has been doing really well in his sessions with me. He puts a lot of effort forward to improve on his Spanish speaking abilities. We have reviewed vocabulary and also conjugations. I suggest he continues with sessions as he would greatly benefit from them to improve further."
"We worked on the difference between the use of the preterit and imperfect tense by reviewing an assigned homework handout. We also practiced the difference between these two tenses by practicing sentences that included both the use of the preterit and the imperfect. The student will continue to practice these two tenses by using quizzes online."
"The student told me that he has three tests in a row this week: an ACT-style reading test tomorrow, a speaking test Thursday, and a cumulative test Friday. We practiced for all of those tests in various ways, including speaking practice, reading a passage and answering open-ended questions about it, conjugating verbs, and more. We focused on the most recent material including hacer+que, irregular preterite verbs, the preterite tense, vocabulary over the market, and the phrase 'alguna vez.' I also gave him some tips on how to effectively study/ take the test."
"The session went very well. The student is way ahead of his class, to the point where I wish he could have taken a more advanced class. In today's lesson, we went over emotions and characteristics of an individual. We spent a lot of time talking in Spanish, where he struggles the most. We will continue to work on that."