Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In our lesson yesterday the student and I continued work in his exam packet. Though he has a strong command of the language, I anticipate the exam being challenging for him, as it will cover material he has not yet gone over in his class. I've been doing my best to teach the student about certain grammatical rules we've seen in his exercises, not only so he understands them, but so that he will be able to recognize them on his exam. We talked a lot about reflexive verbs yesterday. I told him it will be crucial that he pay very close attention to verb endings, as conjugation provides key information that is usually referred to in questions. I asked him how he feels about the exam being this week and he seems confident."
"The student took her exam last week and said that she felt she did well and that what we worked on was very helpful. Today we began studying the future tense, uses of infinitives, and uses of "por." After reviewing the grammar explanation in her textbook, I re-explained with more detail and examples, especially distinguishing between when infinitives are used and when conjugating subjunctive verbs becomes necessary. For the uses of "por" and "para," I sent her a notes handout that I had created, which we reviewed together. We finished with some example sentences in which she needed to decide whether to conjugate the verbs in parentheses or leave them infinitive. She had a solid grasp on the difference between the two but needed a little review of the subjunctive verb forms we had studied last week."
"Today we started out as usual, reviewing previous material such as the alphabet, days, months, seasons. and numbers. Next we continued with numbers a little more by learning how to tell time in Spanish. We started with some time-related vocabulary before moving on to actually asking and answering the question "What time is it?" I also explained the difference between asking "What time is it?" and "At what time (does something take place)?" with the appropriate responses. I also had a worksheet on telling time that I helped the student with. I introduced a lot of vocabulary during today's session, and it will take quite a bit more practice for the student to be able to express time in Spanish accurately without looking at her notes. We will continue working on this and other areas of the language in future sessions."