Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did spend a few minutes reviewing a short assignment that his teacher corrected and graded on conjugations of 'tener' in a short paragraph. His conjugations were fine. After going over this assignment, we revisited gustar verbs. Once again I taught the lesson from scratch, and although he was still tempted to conjugate the verbs according to the indirect objects (me, te, les, nos, etc.), I think by the end he finally learned the pattern/rule for these kind of verbs and we finished an old worksheet and started a new one. I told him to reread the notes before our next lesson."
"In our session, the student and I continued our practice with the preterite and imperfect tenses, specifically determining appropriate verb tense usage. We did this with a practice that her teacher had provided for the students. It was in the form of a narrative in Spanish. The student had to determine which tense to select based on the context of the narrative as well as rules that apply to preterite and imperfect usage. I had her explain her answers, and in this way, we could both be sure that she had mastered the concepts. She will take her Spanish final next week, and we will meet before that time in order to do a comprehensive semester review."
"We are mainly reviewing for the final exam for next week. We completed several pages of the review packet, particularly over the affirmative and negative "tu" and "ud" commands (all forms). We also began to review indirect object pronouns briefly. For the next sessions, we will delve into uses of "gustar" and "encantar" a bit more and comprehensively review all items in the packet."
"The student and I practiced her writing in the present, preterite and imperfect. She wrote three paragraphs in Spanish, that we revised and reviewed together. She then practiced using preterite and imperfect in sentences. She did great work, particularly with the imperfect tense. Finally we read aloud from a book of short stories she has. We took turns reading paragraphs in Spanish, and would then read the English translation. She worked very hard, and I was particularly impressed with her willingness to work and learn!"
"I helped the student go over his study guide for his final test the next day. We reviewed all the concepts, and I had him practice breaking down the grammar and conjugations until he felt confident about them. I also gave him some strategies for reviewing these concepts more on his own, and some strategies to help him do better on his test."
"The student reviewed lessons 3 to 4 and started lesson 5. I will try my best to make the lesson interesting and get her attention and interest to learn more of the Chinese characters. At the same time, I will teach her the culture and geography of China to let her enjoy the learning."