Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we started reading a story. We spent time reading and understanding the material. He seemed to understand the overall context. His tutoring sessions will focus not only on building up his Spanish vocabulary but also in teaching him how to conjugate verbs properly and how to use them when writing short summaries."
"Today the student and I reviewed pages 48 and 49 again in preparation for her assessment on Tuesday. We did written activities resembling quiz content and focused on correcting mistakes. I shared a technique with her to help her organize the verbs into categories and modeled a "brain dump" for her. She said that she was excited to use this method on quiz day and thought that it would really help her. Finally, we looked ahead to reflexive verbs in a textbook passage that the student read out loud."
"The student and I started with a matching activity that reviewed old concepts and introduced new vocabulary words. While she is still working to understand verb conjugations, through the activity she was able to practice "tener" and its use in the third person. I also helped her through an activity about time. By the end, she was able to ask me what time it was and correctly structure the answer. Through the time and 1-100 number practice, we worked on trickier numbers and their spellings. She corrected her spellings by the end of the session, and was able to remember the new vocabulary as well."
"The student and I reviewed her bilingual books. We spent a long time reviewing these books and establishing where she's been practicing on her own. The next chapter of the workbook reviewed the colors. We were able to finish this section quickly as she knows the colors very well."
"The student has a quiz tomorrow, so we went over material that will be important for that. She made flashcards for all of the vocab words she is responsible for, and we went over them together. We talked about pronunciation, and how that can help us know when to use accents. We then practiced conjugating words in the preterite tense. While there are patterns, we talked about repetition as the best way to really learn the words. We also discussed reflexive verbs. For the test, I recommended practicing conjugating all the verbs that had been on a previous quiz her teacher had given. Previous quizzes are often the best way to get a sense of what will be on the next test!"
"The student and I focused on reviewing today for her upcoming test, which is scheduled for Monday. We did most of our work with question words, which I think she would benefit largely from studying extra thoroughly. There are lots of syntax details involved, so the more practice, the better! Judging by how her independent studying goes today and tomorrow, we may meet on Sunday as well to brush up on and clarify concepts right before the test day."