Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began our session with a review of verbs endings. We looked at the conjugation charts for regular ar, er, and ir verbs, comparing similarities and differences between charts and noting the logic and patterns. We also reviewed the verb endings for yo-go verbs. The student had just begun a new unit on stem-changing verbs as well, so I then introduced the rules for this type of verb and we practiced filling in conjugation charts. After several practice verbs, he appeared to have mastered the conjugation format. We then moved into a practice game to end the session, in which each player practices conjugating a given verb to a specific pronoun and then creates a logical sentence for the pair. He is a hard worker and quickly picked up the rules for stem-changing verbs. Next session, we will continue using the game as a practice conjugation game for regular verbs, yo-go verbs, and stem-changing verbs. I will email him documents which contain game cards, as well as chart "cheat sheets" which he will have the option of printing."
"Today the student and I went over the skeletal outline submitted in his biology class to accompany his PowerPoint over the cardiovascular system. This only took about 30 minutes. For the rest of our session, we reviewed his Spanish homework from yesterday and today. He was easily able to use the vocabulary presented in the chapter. As he has a history test on Wednesday and an algebra quiz on Friday, I have decided to send him worksheets that will allow him to practice before his assessments."
"Tonight was our last session before the student's exam. We reviewed reflexive verbs, stem-changing verbs in the preterite, and uses of "por" and "para." For "por" and "para," I sent him a notes worksheet and practice worksheet, which we also worked through together."
"The student had an exam the following day for which he wanted helped studying. Thus, we focused on learning the vocabulary words for the lesson. I've asked to be given advance notice on what material he will want to cover next lesson so that I may prepare extra practice for him."
"Today the student and I cover more of chapter 42: conditional tense, past subjunctive, past perfect subjunctive, present perfect subjunctive, and haber + auxiliary verbs again. He continues to strengthen his base on the many perfect tenses and all the many uses and conjugations. I will be sending him more sentences to translate and conjugate for practice."
"Helped the student to review for finals. We covered verb endings for Present, Preterite, Imperfect, Present Progressive, Future, and Conditional Tenses; we also reviewed irregular verbs for some of the tenses and completed a vocab drill. The student is familiar with some of the words but still needs to review quite a few. I reminded her that many Spanish words have the same roots as English words and she can use that to figure out the meanings for them. She also needs to trust her instincts more; she knows more than she believes she does."