Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I reviewed our flashcards, focusing on animal names. We did a few "lightning round" flashcard reviews, and then I also had her analyze the similarities and differences between the words for various animals (for example, the sound the double L makes in both "pollo" and "caballo" and the slight difference between "loro" and "lobo"). She is showing increased proficiency in pronunciation of unfamiliar Spanish words as she become more accustomed to seeing the words written out. We then played a game with the flashcards, where every question she got correct would mean I had to do one pushup. Needless to say, I ended up doing a lot of pushups!"
"The student and I worked on his LA essay on Bram Stoker's Dracula. We talked about his desired structure and got through the first couple of paragraphs of his first draft. Then, we diagrammed what he would discuss for the remainder of the paper."
"First I taught the student "hacer + time + que + verb" to tell how long one has done something, then we focused on the preterit. We used a graphic organizer to categorize the different conjugations for regular -ar, -er- and -ir verbs in the past tense. We did some activities in the book and then used some pictures of verbs I found to review verbs she had forgotten. Using the pictures helped her to recognize, name and use the verbs. I'm going to make a small picture dictionary to continue using during our sessions."
"There were 5 students in class today. We reviewed their homework, which included conjugating ser and tener and choosing between ser and tener to complete sentences. In the process, we also reviewed specific uses of ser and tener (such as for time and age) and learned some new vocabulary. We also had a short lesson on possessive adjectives and on expressing possession in Spanish and discussed their homework for next week. Next week we will continue talking about family relationships using ser, tener, and our list of adjectives for describing people."
"This session, we went over present tense verb formations, which the boys were very enthusiastic about. I brought worksheets to teach them the days of the week, months, and seasons and gave them a crossword puzzle and a word-matching worksheet for practice. I left them with a vocabulary sheet to practice for next session."
"The student advanced to new vocabulary cards in this session, as she got 100% correct in the previous 20 words we were working on. We are still on -ar and -er verbs. She conjugated the words, and then she worked on translating sentences from English to Spanish using old and new vocabulary."