Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on using the phrase "tener + que," reviewed direct and indirect object pronouns, and reviewed this chapter's vocabulary. The first two concepts ("tener + que" and object pronouns) didn't appear to present much difficulty- she seems to understand conceptually, although review and practice is necessary to reinforce. I really encouraged her, as I have before, to spend extra time looking at her vocabulary words, to review the rules for conjugating verbs, and to memorize the conjugations for irregular verbs."
"Today we worked on indirect object pronouns and double indirect object pronoun placement in sentences. We also worked extensively on which pronouns replace which nouns and which part of the sentence they are placed in order to be grammatically correct."
"We began the session with some introductory questions about the student's Spanish class and his goals for tutoring. He expressed that understanding grammar is a big goal of his, as well as being able to navigate some of the questions on tests and quizzes. He has a quiz tomorrow on the preterite forms of "hacer, poder, tener, and estar." We started with a general review of what the preterite tense is, how to conjugate it in regular verbs, and then we reviewed the stems of the irregular verbs, as well as the slightly different endings. I encouraged him to use flashcards to help memorize these stems and endings. Then I entered some sample sentences onto the document editor with the verbs deleted. He needed to choose the correct verb using the context of the sentence and conjugate it correctly. He did this well, and I gave a few pointers about how to do a similar exercise on a quiz (ex: covering up unfamiliar words and aiming for the general context rather than focusing on one or two vocab words he might not remember). He said the exercise was helpful, and I will email him a practice worksheet with similar sentences to help him prepare for his quiz tomorrow."