Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is taking Spanish. He said he does well on his homework, but struggles on the in-class quizzes. I decided to focus on memorization during this lesson to help prepare for his quiz he has on Friday. I made the student make flashcards for the beginning of Chapter 2, which focuses on "the classroom." It covers things like "desk" and "to study" etc. He also started learning days of the week right now. He made a stack of nouns and a stack of verbs flashcards. I went through both nouns and verbs with him, showing him the Spanish word, and he would say the Spanish word out loud so I could correct his pronunciation, and then he would tell me the meaning in English. We tried to make up tricks to memorize words, like "papelera" is where you throw away the "papel." I think he liked this and it made the studying more fun. At the end of the session we worked through his homework assignment. It was fill in the blank sentences where he had to choose the best verb and conjugate it. He was really good with this. We only got halfway through the assignment, but he said he felt comfortable doing the rest on his own tonight. I suggested that tomorrow he should practice more with the flashcards, and have someone else hold them for him and show him the English side so he has to give the Spanish definition. Since memorization was his weakest area, I think he should focus on that for his quiz. His spelling was good, and pronunciation was good too. Finally, I suggested buying a dictionary and a verbs conjugation book to have on hand, rather than using an online translation program. Also I told him about a fun app for learning Spanish and he seemed really interested in using that. Overall the session went really well and he said he felt he learned more than he knew before."
"Did a little review of what we have done in the past conjugating verbs such tener, hacer, ser/estar. Learned about names of countries, nationalities, name of oceans, rivers and lakes. Build up some sentences and learned new vocabulary. Left them homework to work on conjugating verbs and also to watch a Spanish movie to review it next session."
"Today we started with working on using listing to talk about family, list items, talk about errands, and explain a recipe. She is doing well with the listing but continues to need assistance in recalling the correct formation of other signs. Within these topics, we also worked on age, some food, and some activities. We then worked on how to use different hand shapes and classifiers to describe objects and their placement. Once she caught on, she was able to determine an appropriate way to describe items."