Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did a lot of great work in our session tonight. She first worked on numbers; she typed out #'s 1-30 and then several other numbers to get the hang of being able to write any number that might come her way in French. She did really well. When she didn't know the number 40, I told her and she was able to spell it from sound and that is very good! When she got to the number 60, she said she would "take a stab at it" and was only missing one letter! For not having had a lot of practice with the numbers in the past, she did very, very well! We went well into the 100's and I taught her how the 200's, 500s, etc. are written and spoken. We also did pronunciation of all of the numbers that we went over, which she did a very good job with, too. I will have her review numbers again in another session so that it stays fresh in her mind. We then took time to go over verbs. I had a list of verbs prepared that were either the French verb or the English definition and she had to fill in the missing information. She did the ones that she knew for sure first and then I helped with hints and tips. She feels that the hints and tips help her to remember the words for the future. After this exercise and pronunciation, she created sentences using each of the verbs listed. This was very impressive because she was creating her own and was making more creative and complicated ones than most tutors and teachers might expect from their students (of any age!). She did EXTREMELY well with this exercise. We did pronunciation afterwards as well. She has a class project coming up in class in which she needed to choose a French musician. As her project details come up, I will be helping her with that. Overall, this was an excellent session in which she did a lot of great, hard work!"
"We finished reviewing for the student's final--we covered demonstrative pronouns and the imperative and did a brief review of the subjunctive. I've been really impressed by her progress and her grasp of the grammatical concepts--I think she's well-prepared for the exam!"
"In this session, the student and I primarily worked from a PowerPoint and two worksheets. The topic was "verbes de volonte," and primarily deals with choosing the indicative or the subjunctive with certain situations. We went over the meaning of some of the verbs, which are sometimes obvious (like desirer) and sometimes less obvious (like exiger). The student liked how I underlined the verbs that I found in the examples and then counted the subjects. This is primarily the technique his teacher suggests for figuring out the system. We went through the PowerPoint from class at a slower pace and I had the student answer all of the questions. Then we went over one worksheet that was more informative, and one that was more practice-based. We spotted a few situations that weren't covered in the PowerPoint (like when there are two verbs and two subjects, but the subjects are the same). The student seemed to have a really good grasp on the concepts by the end of the session. Another small topic that we went over was -er verbs that took an "accent grave" in the present tense: acheter, mener, promener, preferer."