Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the differences and usage of saber/conocer. The student was pleased and confident that she understands that now. She also shared her online text with me, and we reviewed her current vocab list. I gave her some tricks for committing these words to memory as well as some spelling patterns in Spanish. We practiced to prepare for tomorrow's test, and she will review the less-known words tonight. I believe this was a good beginning, and she definitely wants to continue meeting with me."
"We started out reviewing several core Spanish concepts including ser vs. estar (when to use each), conjugation in the preterite, irregular preterite verbs, irregular yo form verbs, irregular ir verbs (e.g. e to i stem changing), irregular stem verbs (e.g. anduv, estuv, tuv, etc.), and pronunciation rules. The student said she would do some extra practice in her workbook on preterite vs. imperfect and stem changing preterite verbs."
"This week the student and I talked about names of family members and how a family tree works. We drew some diagrams and labeled them, and played a few games to help learn the new words. Some of them he knew well already, and others were completely new."
"We spent most of our session having lots of good conversation practice. We discussed a reading about Frida Kahlo and then looked at some grammar dealing with command forms. The exercises in the book were challenging so we decided that the student would review some of the basic forms that we had looked at earlier and then come up with some original examples of how to give instructions. We'll get back to that next week. I loaned her an art book about the Mexican muralists that we had earlier read about. It also touches on the Mexican Revolution which is the setting for the novel that we're reading."
"The student and I continued to work with commands and pronouns and reviewed the various command conjugations with practice worksheets and reading through notes. He's really starting to get a great understanding of command conjugations!"
"The student had a paragraph to write in Spanish. He needed to use -er and -ir ending verbs and additional vocabulary. We used the verbs and the vocabulary the teacher provided for the homework assignment. We went over the verbs and the vocabulary and he did very well with the sentences. He also read to me the paragraph we worked on in Spanish, and he read it very well, too."