Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a quiz on the imperative tense scheduled for the following day so we reviewed for the quiz with drills. We reviewed the conjugation of the imperative of regulars, we reviewed conjugation of irregular imperative (affirmative and negative), SIDE verbs, and imperative conjugations with pronouns. He showed great improvement since our last session, and only missed conjugating a couple irregular verbs (tener, ser, irse), which we focused on."
"The student had been assigned a very difficult reading, the first page of a short story, so we spent the whole session on the introduction to the assignment and the first page. Translation was laborious, but we kept a log of new vocabulary, and I explained to her some of the more complex syntax conventions that the prose uses. I also helped her identify uses of the subjunctive and certain tenses that she has learned this year."
"The student had a test coming up for his Spanish class, so we spent the class time working on the topics that would be on the test. We spent most of the time practicing the uses of direct and indirect object pronouns. After doing exercises with direct and indirect pronouns separately, we moved on to exercises that required the use of both types of pronoun in one sentence. By the end of the class, he was consistently getting 80-90% of the answers correct in the exercises and felt much better about the topic. We finished the class by briefly reviewing the construction of impersonal sentences and the passive "se.""
"First meeting with the student, went over homework covering health/food vocabulary & creating sentences. She is a motivated student, wants an A. Can handle memorization/vocab well. Practiced 'memory' game with reflexive and irregular verbs to rehearse conjugation, saw almost immediate improvement."
"I helped the student with her Spanish homework today, which was primarily on the use of possessive pronouns in Spanish. We translated each of the questions, and I helped her arrive at the proper responses. She got it down pretty consistently, and whenever she missed one, I would correct her, and explain the rationale behind the right answer."
"Exercise: find known characters on primary resource, unpack a short line or phrase. Notecards up to #100, found a few new known cards and taught new vocabulary (ex: name, how much/many, ask, etc.). Next time we'll hope to go over some handouts from the student's Chinese class!"