Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We primarily worked out of the student's Spanish workbook and reviewed conjugation. She translated sentences and began answering Spanish questions in writing, using vocabulary and appropriate conjugation."
"The student has a Spanish final coming up on Thursday, so we spent much of this session reviewing vocabulary that she will need for the exam. We also read and translated another chapter from the Spanish murder mystery that her class is working on. She is making strides with vocabulary and with pronunciation."
"We spent some time talking about the student, his professional and personal life, and his language-learning goals. I taught him the phonemes in the Spanish language (with accent variations) and their English comparisons. We also discussed strategies for storing vocabulary into long-term memory. Before we meet next, he will try to label things in his home/office and begin his own personal dictionary. To familiarize himself with sounds and patterns, he will watch one of his favorite movies (Forrest Gump) dubbed in Spanish. He seemed pleased and excited with this first session. I have lots of ideas percolating for guiding him. I believe this was a very good beginning."
"We covered the use of preterite and imperfect, irregular verbs, verb conjugation in the preterite and imperfect, the use of ser and estar, and some vocab. The student had a great attitude- she was honest when she was unsure of something, and persevered the whole time. We mainly used her midterm packet. At the end of the session, she said that she now understands when to use the preterite and imperfect and that it makes it easier for her to conjugate them now."
"In this session, the student and I focused on studying for an upcoming test in Spanish. We reviewed the vocabulary from this chapter in his textbook, which primarily covered family relations and talking about parties and events. In terms of grammar, we focused mostly on possessive adjectives and present tense conjugation of the verb tener. He needs more practice in conjugation, so that will become a major focus throughout this semester. His recognition of vocabulary is good, but his pronunciation is sometimes not as strong, so that will definitely be another area of focus over the coming semester."
"We covered the difference between long vowels and short vowels, specifically o's. We also read in Spanish and English, and I asked her reading comprehension questions. We had lots of fun and laughter through the learning!"