Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I studied for his district test. We went over his recent cultura section, which we had translated together in our last session as part of a hw assignment. I asked him questions, and we made flashcards for him to study from. I suggested he read over it again on his own once more before the test. We also reviewed tu commands and their conjugations. He was a bit confused on where to put the pronouns, so I made him a sheet detailing when they are tacked on to the verb and when they come before the conjugated verb. I told him to use the flashcards we made last session to study the meanings of the verbs and to also stop and write out their tu command conjugations, checking them against the sheet I gave him. He will do well if he takes the time to review his notes and practice."
"Today, we did a brief review of preterite verbs, focusing on irregulars and reflexives. The student understood the material very well, but she needed a refresher on some of the vocabulary. I went through her class notes with her and wrote down some additions that I thought might be helpful. She also seemed very comfortable with the material we went over the last time that we met."
"We worked on an oral presentation using the imperfect tense in which several questions will be answered about a picture the student will be describing. The exact picture will not be revealed until the day of the presentation. We described a possible scenario. We also practiced converting verbs from the present tense to the preterite tense using a worksheet provided by the teacher of his Spanish class. He was having success converting verbs into the preterite tense when he practiced on his own on many of the verbs. He will be studying the materials we worked on in today's session in preparation for a test. He is putting forth effort during our sessions to practice conjugations."
"This evening, we reviewed Spanish vowels and basic greetings. We practiced by speaking with one another and trying to remember the phrases we had learned last week. We then went on to talk about Spanish pronunciation of the consonants and how they differ from English pronunciation. We learned some vocab and practiced reading a few words for each letter. It went really well!"
"Yesterday, we worked on a new list of vocabulary the student got on Friday dealing with hotel words and phrases. Many of the words were new to him, and they had not worked on them long in class. Much of the session was spent with him writing a story with his vocabulary words to better familiarize himself with them in context. In this story, he continued to work on the differences between the imperfect and preterit tenses. He is getting much better at remembering older vocabulary, which I was very pleased with. His attitude continues to be great; he seemed to enjoy being able to come up with his own story and learning new vocabulary along with it. On the list, there were several words that were not at all similar looking to their English counterparts, so as extra practice, he was to use each of those in a sentence, and we will review those sentences this afternoon."
"Based on exam review from the semester that the student missed, we started going through end-of-unit reviews. At my request, he has joined a language app, and showed me his progress when we met. I believe daily use of this site will help his vocabulary and pronunciation. I had him read all sentences aloud and modeled for him so he could hear what sounded right. When prompted, he has a very good accent; he just needs to be reminded to pronounce his vowels correctly."