Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has an oral conversation presentation assignment due in the next two days. He completed the written preparation for the assignment while I was there. I assisted by asking him questions to help him determine which verb forms to use and other grammar details (adjective agreement). We then discussed his preparations for an upcoming chapter test, and also talked about pulling together study materials for the end of quarter test."
"The student told me her teacher had forecast more subjunctive lessons, so we went over three groups of verbs/phrases that always or sometimes "trigger" the use of the subjunctive, including verbs of doubt, emotion, etc., conjunctions of time, and so forth. We made flash cards for all of these and drilled them; the student pretty much aced the drill. Then I had her pick cards at random, from which I created fill-in-the-blank practice questions. We created a procedure for dealing with such questions: 1) identify the "trigger" 2) decide whether it always or sometimes calls for the subjunctive 3) use the tenses of surrounding verbs to decide which tense to use for the verb to fill in the blank. She did extraordinarily well with this. I assigned her to review the flash cards and verbs which are irregular in the preterite (for conjugating in the past subjunctive). A+ session!"
"In this session we read an article about a painting from the Spanish painter Diego Velazquez, and answered reading comprehension questions. This was a homework assignment. Later we analyzed other paintings in order to practice vocabulary related to art."
"We covered subjunctive mood, subjunctive verb endings, adverbial clauses, and noun clauses. I left her with practice exercises and flashcards."
"This was my first session with the student. We started by going over one of the readings he would be discussing in class and reviewing relevant vocabulary and discussing strategies for learning and reviewing vocabulary. We then spent most of the session working on direct and indirect object pronouns (me/te/lo/la/los/las/le/les/nos), reviewing how they are used and the differences between them and doing various exercises to practice using them. He indicated that the review had helped clarify some of the distinctions and uses and that further review would improve his understanding. At the end of the session we discussed what his goals for our sessions, which include getting back up to speed after not taking Spanish for several semesters, improving his speaking abilities, and reviewing and reinforcing topics discussed in class."
"We practiced finding the person, number, tense, voice, and mood of verbs in a story. We filled out verb charts in order to study for the student's quiz on subjunctive pluperfect and subjunctive perfect. He made great progress. By the end of the session, he was much quicker at both identifying tenses, moods, and voices and at forming them."