Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed for the student's Spanish midterm. We covered informal commands for regular verbs and irregular verbs, informal negative commands for regular and irregular verbs, and a city-words vocabulary list. At first she was struggling to understand the rules on how to make verbs into informal commands and negative commands. So we looked through the vocabulary list and made connections between the Spanish and English words to help her memorize the list. Then we worked on the informal command rules and worked through some examples. She was able to see the patterns and easily understood the rules."
"The student has a vocabulary quiz on Friday on a huge list of words about technology. Since it worked well last week to go over a few words at a time and then slowly increase the number, we tried that again this week. We went over about half the list, and then we practiced translating a few sentences from English to Spanish using the verbs on the list, with some preterite and imperfect examples. She is really getting the difference between preterite and imperfect! We then went through some of the rest of the vocab words. She has a lot going on this week in other classes, but we made a plan to prepare for the quiz on Friday. After that, it might be a good opportunity over winter break to go over some of the other material that she has yet to master."
"The student worked on her study guide for her midterm evaluation. Material reviewed included: vocabulary terms, past participle, present perfect, preterit, imperfect, present progressive, and present tenses, formal commands, impersonal se and passive se."
"Today we went over uses of the verb tener and practiced conjugating tener, other -go verbs, and other verbs in the present tense within the context of a sentence. I gave him an introduction to the difference between reflexive pronouns, direct object pronouns, and indirect object pronouns and gave him some examples. He needs to get used to Spanish phonics, and he also has a lot of vocabulary to learn. We discussed how he will learn this vocabulary over break."
"In this session we had a quiz on food items. Both students are progressing very well. They can now pick up a lot verbally. I am now incorporating more speaking activities into the lessons as well as new cultural idioms every week. We also learned different ways to order in restaurants and important phrases. I left them with the homework assignment of writing a daily journal in Spanish to practice verbs as well as creating some dialogues on ordering in restaurants."
"With both students, we went through writing characters from a set of flashcards to see how much they remembered from homework character writing. I encouraged them to use Chinese as much as possible during class. I corrected their homework sheets on writing characters and made sentences to make sure they knew how to use the words or phrases. I pointed out the characters that are easy to confuse with other characters that look very similar. I then gave them more homework sheets about character writing. I encourage them to practice more writing characters on their own time. Lastly, we watched a video 'The Three Little Pigs'' in Chinese. We will learn more new words from this video in our next session."