Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we discussed the last two small paragraphs of the short story we are reading and after I asked the student to give me a small summary of the entire story. She was successful in recalling the vocabulary used in the story. After that, I finished discussing the exceptions of feminine and masculine nouns and I had her complete a couple of worksheets. She breezed through the worksheets without faults. Later she expressed that she already knew most of those nouns, but has trouble remembering them when she is speaking in Spanish. I told her I would bring worksheets with the exceptions for the next session. Lastly, I helped her finish an email that she was writing to an acquaintance. I also asked her to write a few phrases about her fears for homework."
"Today we learned the vocabulary for different foods and also how to say I like or dislike something. We used this to work on creating small sentences and asking each other questions. In addition we worked on going over the emotions that we learned last time in a matching game and I left them with a worksheet to practice. We also played our large review game and they are doing really well remembering old vocabulary!"
"I taught the 3 girls yesterday and all of them are making great progress. We reviewed the alphabet and numbers once again and I have seen huge improvements. We will continue next time with more numbers and transition into some vocabulary to help with the alphabet and pronunciation."
"I first had the student briefly practice generating sentences, where he demonstrated great memorization and recall skills. Then, I introduced him to interpersonal conversation phrases (Hello, how are you?; I'm doing fine, thank you!). He did well on pronunciation, but he still doesn't quite understand the structure of conversational Spanish, which is fine and expected. For the following sessions, I'm going to have him learn and practice conversational phrases in Spanish. The current session was great, and we will continue next week."
"The student and I did some excellent work getting back into drilling commands. Although the beginning was a bit clunky as we refreshed the work we did last Tuesday, she was quickly able to sink back into it and make discoveries about patterns in the verbs and conjugations. We also covered nosotros commands and spent some time reinforcing those. Great work!"
"Today, we began our session with a short conversation in German about the morning's events. Afterward, we reviewed the previous lesson on present perfect tense using a worksheet I supplied. The student had difficulty at first remembering the common structure for the tense, but she recognized the pattern near the end, and it became a matter of learning the irregular participles. We then moved on to the topic of future tense and using two or more verbs in a sentence. I then had several sentences in English I had her practice translating into German. I wrote out the structure of an um-zu sentence in terms of parts of speech. I then had her translate a few more sentences, which she was able to do with improved success."