Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued to review the conjugation of irregular and stem changing verbs. We did various practice conjugations together as well as individual practice conjugations. We then went on to discuss how three verbs "poder" "necesitar" and "ir" can be used to preface many phrases, and knowing how to conjugate these verbs well will let you put an infinitive afterwards without needing to conjugate it. We also discussed how the verb "ir" can be used rather than learning the future tense, in order to say "You are going to work tomorrow" or "Vas a trabajar manana" or a similar sentence. I then gave the guys a worksheet so that they could practice this concept. They said over the weekend they will continue to familiarize themselves with irregular verb conjugations. Many also said they will write important English phrases they would like to learn, try to translate them themselves, and then show me them the following class."
"We started this session with some basic review over days of the week, months of the year, and numbers. Then we went over some common prepositions, and many of the commonly used words in forming sentences (conjunctions). We discussed techniques for remembering how to distinguish between meanings (e.g. subir and bajar, and a subibaja), and I think this will be a good exercise (under 5 minutes) to do at future sessions so as not to confuse words like up/down, open/closed, or before/after. We went over Spanish present tense verb conjugations and we talked about usted/ustedes. I suggested he make note cards for each of the 12 most common irregular verbs. The student asked questions about Spanish particularities and vocabulary he had been exposed to and we worked those into the session. Before wrapping up the session, I suggested that he find a popular children's book in Spanish, and/or some Spanish songs, so that he can incorporate more Spanish into his life."
"The student had to prepare for the oral section of his Spanish midterm, so we spent the majority of the session practicing questions he's likely to answer on the test ("Como te llamas, como eres, que te gusta hacer, que haces despues de la escuela, etc.). He needed a brief refresher on conjugations of ser, using "gustar," and numbers/days/months, and by the end of the hour he could answer all of the questions using perfect grammatical structure. I'm very happy with the progress he's made in Spanish."