Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I had the student read the phrases she wrote for homework. She did well in putting the sentences together. After that I went over nouns that change in meaning when they are feminine or masculine, and nouns that change in their ending if they are masculine or feminine. I then tested her knowledge of the exceptions. She still needs work in that area. Lastly, I told her that I will give her a test covering everything that we've studied so far during the next session, and then proceed to teaching her how to conjugate verbs in the present tense."
"We focused on Spanish preterite tense for this lesson. She is now scoring in the 90s. We also reviewed her grades. She has an A in History, and Bs in both English and Spanish. The Spanish grade is two points from an A. I asked her to continue quizzing the verbs on the practice website between now and our meeting on Monday."
"We continued to work with the verb 'estar', focusing on its conjugations in the present tense and its use. We also reviewed the appropriate use of adjectives and personal and possessive pronouns. The student is progressing well and I asked him to read a chapter on the verb 'ser' and complete exercises using 'ser'."
"Today we started with writing. We went over the themes in To Kill a Mockingbird, the book that the student is reading in her English class for school. We brainstormed the ideas that surround the main themes, and then we sorted through our ideas and finding quotes from the book to support body paragraph points. We created an outline, and we will continue to craft the essay during our next session. Then I introduced her to her new workbooks: Greek and Latin roots, and prefixes and suffixes. She is going to do one unit every week, starting with Greek and Latin roots. For Spanish today, she and I went over regular -ir, -er, and -ar verb endings. Then we practiced conjugating various verbs, and I gave her another quiz on ser and estar."
"In our first session, the student and I discussed his intentions and motivations for starting to learn Spanish - in his workplace and for travel. He's tried using some computer-based learning programs with mixed results. After spending a few minutes talking about his learning style and my approach to a "non-traditional" Spanish student, we agreed that our approach would focus on not just the verbal understanding but also on reading and writing. I suggested we start by building up his vocabulary using day-to-day words and verbs that he could start to string them together right away. We are building an Excel spreadsheet to track his vocab learning. I also suggested he try online tools to help supplement our in-person tutoring sessions. At the end of the first session we discussed our approach and he seemed to like the initial methodology and willingness to move forward. We set up our next session for the following week."
"Today the student and I continued in 'Tartuffe.' She read ahead and did very well translating what she was reading, as this is a challenging text to read. We worked on a scene together before finishing the session by watching the play performed in French up to the point we stopped reading."