Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I focused on practicing the application of the irregular preterit tense verbs in sentence combining drills. I asked her to sort through her verb flash cards and her vocabulary flash cards, grouping them by topic (i.e.: travel, food and restaurants, sports, the arts and museums, etc.). Then she selected a topic of her choice (food and restaurants), and I had her use the cards to build sentences. We began with simple sentence construction and worked up to compound and complex sentences. We added reflexive verbs to the mix, and the student created a narrative. We had time to begin creating a skit, and she selected a cooking scenario, which we will complete next time we meet. In the end, she commented that she really liked this creative approach to learning Spanish."
"This evening we began by studying for a quiz the student is scheduled to have on Wednesday. We reviewed the classwork on verbs SER vs ESTAR and also completed one ow two book activities on this topic. We also reviewed his class notes and acronyms to help him remember the rules. The student is doing very well on choosing the right verb, as well as the conjugations. After this we reviewed vocabulary about colors, the body and clothing. We extensively practiced reflexive verbs, including a few stem changing. I noticed that the student is less comfortable with the verbs and so we practiced not only the meanings but present tense conjugations. I recommended that he continue to review a few that he has trouble remembering and that he review the stem changes as well."
"The student and I spent time reviewing a small project he has for class. I then taught him the basics of "gustar" and similar verbs, which meant introducing indirect object pronouns."
"I explained the concept of reflexive verbs and pronouns, the differences between Ser/Estar and Saber/Conocer, and how to conjugate verbs in the present and past tenses. I also helped the student go through the sentences in his homework that he didn't understand, and supported him in translating and understanding them. I had him make flashcards of the words that he didn't know so he could go over them later."
"Practiced new vocabulary for Ch 4, as well as imperfect tense and indirect object pronouns. Supplied the student with the same paper that I did last week about drawing vocabulary words. Suggested that he plan out his upcoming PowerPoint and essay projects using the grid spaces on the paper I provided. Discussed some options for him with the project."
"Today the student brought in some writing, so he put it on the board and we went over it. Then we continued with the subjunctive. I asked him to go to the board and conjugate parler in six tenses, including the subjunctive. Then I asked him to do the same with aimer, an er verb that is conjugated like parler. Next, we worked on our new target verb, venir. I asked him to put it on the board in present, passe compose, and imparfait tenses. Then I showed him the same three tenses in the verb tenir, which is conjugated just like venir, except that tenir takes avoir instead of etre as an auxiliary verb."