Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I prepared for a quiz that he has today on formal commands. We did a lot of practice with identifying formal and informal commands and how to form each of them. Several of the irregular commands are tripping him up. Unfortunately, the only way to get those down is to practice them and simply memorize. Since they are irregular, they follow no formula like other verbs. As far as forming regular commands, he knows what to do. We also worked on a set of new vocab that he had, including ordinal numbers. In order to help him memorize, we thought of different tricks and hints into remembering each word -- including English cognates, pop culture references, relations to other Spanish words, anything that seemed to make sense to him. He needs to spend some time memorizing verbs and their present tense conjugations. Knowing which verbs are stem changers and which have irregular "yo" forms (also their definitions) is going to help him immensely. However, I am seeing progress and getting him to look at learning the language as something that can be fun."
"We reviewed chapter 3 vocabulary involving places in the city and running errands. We then reviewed the irregular past tense (preterite) of ir, ser, hacer, tener, estar, and poder. We used the preterite of ir and ser to create sentences with the Spanish vocabulary from this session."
"We spent all of this session in preparation for the student's quiz on the subjunctive. We covered all the different ways the subjunctive is used and I broke it down to the most important functions. We spent the rest of the time focusing on examples she could encounter on her quiz."