Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued studying vocabulary words related to the arts and culture. We spent a lot of time speaking in Spanish to improve fluency and understanding, and also worked on possessive adjectives. I assigned him some homework which will help him further his basic skills."
"The student and I had a new Spanish session. We worked on a new verb tense she has been learning this last week at school, the Imperfect tense. We covered when to use it, comparing the Imperfect vs Preterit tense than she already knows, and practicing it. We started reviewing the theory, doing some clear examples and practicing with exercises that I brought, writing and doing verbal examples. We practiced the Imperfect tense playing a through a verbal game. I was really impressed about her performance during this session. She really studied the material, this made a class absolutely successful."
"We covered reading comprehension by reading the short story that is going to be part of the quiz. We went over all the questions and key vocabulary from the story. We also went over the vocabulary list for the test. The student's reading comprehension is excellent, and he knows most of the vocabulary."
"Tonight the student and I reviewed for the quiz he will be taking tomorrow. We reviewed each question, and I had him make corrections when necessary. We mostly focused on conjugating irregular verbs, spending 20 minutes reviewing the rules and practicing. I wrote down 20 irregular verbs and had him write the rule and conjugate them in each of the six present-tense forms. He made few errors and, because we wrote them in his notebook, will be able to refer to them tomorrow when he takes the quiz. He said he feels confident that he will do well, and so do I."
"We covered verb conjugations in 4 different tenses: the subjunctive, the indicative, the perfect, and the pluperfect. I will ask him if I can see his Spanish class grades during our next session. He struggled a little when conjugating the verb with the person (e.g., I, you, s/he) and he's trying to get a solid grasp of the pluperfect tense (which his class has just started to learn). I have asked his mother to give me a sense of his personal interests so I can match those with any extra practice that I leave with him (e.g. ask him to identify tenses in a Spanish-language magazine article covering one of his preferred sports)."
"The student worked on a translation assignment, and we reviewed new grammar patterns learned this week in class. He needed help with basic character recognition, and there are a lot of gaps in his basic recall of vocabulary words. This is preventing him from progressing into deeper levels of understanding Chinese. If he's serious about learning Chinese, he should consider spending time daily reviewing the characters. He said he plans to do so."