Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student finished writing her game-show script for her Spanish class. She did great with writing the script!"
"This session we focused on conversational Spanish. Instead of looking at any particular grammatical or vocabulary topic, we discussed a range of topics and different ways that the student can practice in and out of the office. In conversation, he demonstrates good comprehension and a good ability to recall material covered in past sessions. We stopped occasionally to discuss certain grammatical constructions, including the present progressive (estar + gerund for "to be doing something") and the different uses of the preterit and imperfect. Overall, I am pleased with his progress and impressed with his ability to hold a conversation. He needs to continue practicing in order to move towards thinking in Spanish instead of translating."
"The student and I focused solely on his Spanish homework today. The worksheets he had were on formal mandates. As we went along, his conjugation of verbs got better. I also gave him a few strategies for remembering how to conjugate verbs with certain endings (e.g., -gar, -zar, -car)."
"The student and I did a comprehensive overview of all the tenses he has learned this semester: future, perfect, imperfect, preterite, present, and conditional. We also began to complete the review he was given by his teacher. He did a great job at reciting the conjugations, and I believe they are beginning to stick. We also went over the difference between preterite and imperfect pasts. Lastly, we went over the master vocabulary list on which he will have his final exam, and we eliminated all known words and cognates."
"The client is in high school taking Spanish 2. Today he wanted to prepare for an exam in vocabulary. He also has a final exam coming up soon, so we made sure to look at the study guide provided by his instructor and to study in a way that not only incorporated all of his vocabulary, but also used elements such as verbs, pronouns, and adjectives that will be on a future test."
"Today the student and I met for our third session. We introduced some new verbs similar to gustar such as fascinar, encantar, and encantar. We did translation exercises using the verbs where I provided an English statement and the student had to respond with the correct translation in Spanish. We then incorporated vocabulary terms from his index cards and reviewed from English to Spanish and made sure to set aside the terms that need additional study. We used some of the terms to create complex sentences. We are working on improving the student pronunciation and eliminating extra prepositions in his speech. We will continue to review his flash cards and start transferring some vocabulary into charts to help him memorize the terms."