Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed future tense, subj, and the prepositions (a, hacia, and con). We spent the most time on subj - her main question was how to know when to use subjunctive verses indicative, we went over a few examples, she feels a little more comfortable, but we'll definitely do more examples on Tuesday. She feels pretty confident with future. She also understands the prepositions pretty well. There was some confusion when conjugating the verb "hacer." I will send her a summary of what we went over today. She has a good handle on Spanish, but these concepts are more advanced, and she mentioned it's hard to remember all the different things she's learned in Spanish. She can do them independently, but putting them all together is a little harder. Good student, she just wants to feel a little more confident in these areas of Spanish."
"We spoke about our weeks, then I quizzed him on animal and food vocabulary from last week. We then learned vocabulary surrounding the home, home furniture, and rooms. We talked about our own homes and what they were like. We then listed and used the past, future, and present forms of the -ar verbs 'tomar' and 'hablar.' We then finished the session by asking one another questions using tomar and hablar."
"We briefly reviewed telling time today. We also finished our food unit and moved on to the restaurant unit. The student is doing so great and seemed excited to finish the food packet because he realized just how much he has learned over the last month. He has homework to complete with a word search with the new vocabulary we learned today."
"This session was varied, so we spent some time learning about the numbers and their basics. We briefly touched upon larger numbers to describe time and prices, which will be covered more during our next session. We also discussed the seasons and weather terms. These helped us engage in short conversations. The students learned the material well and were eager to learn and use the time to have lots of conversation. I encouraged them to speak to each other in Spanish, and I left them with the task of carrying out a conversation between the two of them as much as possible."
"The student and I focused on an intensive overview of the preterite and imperfect tenses. We began by reviewing rules for using preterite vs. imperfect, including key words and phrases that indicate use of a certain tense, and specific circumstances where the preterite or imperfect are always used. We then went over the conjugation for regular -ar and -er/ir verbs and reviewed common irregular verbs. We then utilized a vocab list of business terms in Spanish to create sentences using the preterite and imperfect. We then did a number of practice exercises which required choosing either the preterite or imperfect form of a verb."
"The student and I reviewed his most recent Spanish, specifically focusing on the section covering future and future perfect. We made a list of all the verbs he was unsure about, and I told him to study their English translation as well as their present tense conjugation for the next time we meet. We also reviewed the uses of por and para, and his new vocabulary on fine arts."
"Today we went over the vocabulary for rooms in the house. While doing this, we also played a game that reviewed some question-based review concepts. In addition, we practiced speaking by reading a book aloud. I left the students with a worksheet to practice our new words and another with question comprehension."
"We reviewed the -ar verbs and I sent her some work sheets so that she can practice with me. We also covered the -er and -ir verb conjugations and oral and written practice. Another thing that we covered is vocabulary in regards to nature and she was given some homework to practice the verbs and the vocabulary. I sent her worksheets on the imperfect tense and we will communicate via email if there is any question on the worksheets given to her. It was a great session and next week we will work on all the verbs for nature and animal vocabulary that she selected to learn."
"We spent most of the session going through a packet the student had in which he had to answer questions using vocabulary on class schedules, subjects, and school supplies. His dad mentioned that he has an A in Spanish, but needs improvement in math and science, so I asked the student if I could look at his math and science binders. He said he had no homework or quizzes coming up, but I began to quiz him on what he was learning in science (velocity and acceleration). He seemed to have a good grasp on it, but could use a little more practice graphing position vs time and velocity vs time, which are challenging concepts."
"In this session we worked on homework. The homework was on the verb "ser" and its uses. After finishing homework, we worked on reading comprehension and started to talk about the new upcoming chapter "Sports"."
"The student is preparing for his final oral exam on Monday. He was given a prompt for his oral exam and asked to include present progressive and direct object pronouns. He was tasked with creating his draft so we can review tomorrow for memorization."
"Today I wanted to review the verb conjugation of estar again! I uploaded a helpful boot form diagram for the student to see the verb forms. After she got some practice, I added some Spanish sentences where she had to pick the correct form of estar! She did a great job and even translated all of the sentences. I will add them to our notecards so she can get practice during the week!"