Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since I met the student today for the first time, I took a little time to get to know her and learn about her Spanish class. She explained that her teacher speaks almost all in Spanish, which is new for her. I explained the subjunctive and when it is used and reviewed how to form it. We spent most of the remaining time working through activities in her textbook and practicing the conjugations, especially with irregular verbs. I also emphasized the pronunciation of the subjunctive, since stressing the wrong syllable changes the meaning of the verb. By the end of the hour, she was getting most conjugations right and had improved pronunciation."
"The student did not have homework so we focused on a lot of review and an introduction into the present form of subjunctive. He practiced conjugating various verbs in the present subjunctive and completed practice sentences. We then reviewed formal and informal commands, and focused on the irregular commands. He is working really hard and constantly demonstrates a hard working, diligent attitude."
"We reviewed all verb tenses and discussed irregulars. The student is rusty on some basic conjugations, so I assigned her some verbs to conjugate in several tenses, mixing the regular with the irregular. We also discussed the subjunctive a little and will resume the discussion on Thursday."
"I helped the student review her homework and used the material in the assignment to answer some ongoing questions she is having with verbs and vocabulary. We made a list of common phrases included in her assignment's chapter lesson and broke down their meaning. We also worked with some irregular verbs and discussed how knowing Spanish's grammar rules can be applied to most contexts regardless of knowing the meaning beforehand or not."
"This was our first tutoring session together. I had asked that the student bring previous tests, and he did so. We went over the tests and focused on the area which he finds most difficult, choosing between the preterit and imperfect tenses. By the end of the session, he seemed to have the idea down. His Spanish vocabulary is impressive. Now that I've seen the book and the tests I should be able to have some material prepared for him for next class. I suggested that he study every day, even if it's only for 5 minutes. Every bit counts!"
"The student has gotten much more fluid in Spanish. Had a fluid conversation about el entorno and then talked about sports at the end."
"The student and I worked through how to properly conjugate verbs after conjunction clauses (specifically indicative, subjunctive, and infinitive). We also worked on some employment-related vocabulary. He has the most trouble with sentence structure and which verb tense to use, but he's making a lot of progress and is great at conjugation of verbs."
"The student seems to be improving in his Spanish class. I briefly introduced him to the imperfect tense because he is about to start that at school. We used the rest of our time to review the preterite tense, it's uses, and almost all verb conjugations. Some of these, such as -car, -gar, and -zar verbs, he remembered well. I gave the student a review of many kinds of verbs and instructed him to use these notes to slowly study and cement these conjugations in."
"The student was introduced to the new grammar concept, direct object pronouns. I gave her a mini lesson in sentence mapping and had her identify subject, verb, direct object, and indirect object. Once she had the basic grammar concept I had her turn direct objects into direct object pronouns place them in sentences. We discussed basic rules and placement of DOPs and IDOPs. We then reviewed her homework, which was practicing with DOPs to solidify her understanding. We then finished the session translating a soap opera summary from Spanish and English."
"Today I met the students for the first time. Though they are in different grades, they are working on similar concepts in their Spanish class. The first student is reading the book "La Catrina", while the second student is watching videos about it. I took turns reading the book with the first student and helping the second student with a worksheet. The next session, we will spend time working on their homework as well as on verb conjugation drills."
"In this session to review his newly acquired vocabulary we watched a video on the family. The student had to match the family members in Spanish in relation to one person. The exercise was fun and he seemed to have enjoyed it."
"We covered preterit, imperfect, and vocabulary. We started by reading part of a short story and identifying the verbs. We looked at their conjugations and how and why they were used in that context. Next, we did some structured practice whereby the student translated sentences from English to Spanish to tie in her vocabulary and grammar from the unit. We focused on preterit verbs that interrupted ongoing (imperfect) actions. We ended with a quick activity called "intruder" which focuses on vocabulary. She had to identify the word that didn't belong. This is a section her teacher commonly applies to assessments. She scored an 86 on her most recent quiz. She has a test coming up on Thursday"