Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I was very impressed working with the student today to get a sense of how much French she has learned through self study. Even more impressive was how quickly she was able to see connections between French and Spanish. She used her background in Spanish to get us through avoir and etre as well as subject pronouns and articles/gender in two short hours. She also has a listening comprehension that is far beyond what one would consider to be "French 1" skills. I believe we will be able to bring her up to speed for her trip to France next month. I gave her a French radio station to listen to for homework, to try to get the sounds and rhythms of French into her brain by osmosis."
"We started by talking about this past week's quizzes, both of which he felt went well. He explained that he was able to at least guess an answer for every question, whereas he normally leaves at least a few blank. I then shared the language acquisition and vocabulary memorization tools I'd researched, which he was open to applying. Next, he went through the PowerPoint I made for this session, which was intended to review last week's vocabulary and let us know which words stuck, and which were starting to fade. I wrote down the ones he missed so that we can incorporate them into review lessons in the future. We then moved on to the new vocabulary he will be quizzed on this week. Together, we made a flash card for each word. Rather than simply writing the English and French translations on each side, he came up with a specific "clue" for every word. The cards had mnemonic devices, images, etc. We went through the words a few times and I quizzed him on the words going from English to French, and then vice versa. I was extremely happy (and he seemed to be too) that he didn't miss a single word translating from French to English, and only three going from English to French. I also noticed that his pronunciation, even with new words, is solid. He had not had a chance to try any of the French language apps I'd recommended, so that is his "homework" for this week."
"We took a long session today to prepare for a chapter test the student has tomorrow. We started by making a study guide/check list of all the things she needed to know and identifying what areas she needed most help with. We started with verbs and conjugations in the present tense. Then we moved on to rules for the imperative tense. Then we did some homework study problems. The we reviewed important vocabulary. We used old quizzes and worksheets for me to make up listening practice for her modeled after her test questions. Last we practiced writing a model conversation. She seemed well prepared. She had a good grasp of the content for this chapter and I know she has the knowledge she needs to succeed."