Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed for the final exam. We spent most of the time reviewing vocabulary, since that seems like it will be the focus of the exam, and we also did a little bit of grammar and speaking practice. The trickiest grammar concept was probably reflexive verbs, which there are a lot of throughout the units, so we did a lot of practice with that. Since there's so much vocabulary, I encouraged the student to review her flashcards this week before the test."
"Today, the student and I practiced for the oral portion of her final exam, where she will be expected to carry on a conversation based on visual prompts. We looked at pictures and practiced describing what she saw, using photos that fit the vocabulary lists she has been assigned this unit."
"During this session, I practiced primarily reading and spelling with Student A, and vocabulary with Student B. Student A is showing significant improvement in her writing and spelling, but we are still working on mastering several key vocabulary words. Next session, I would like to switch up my approach: I will draft a short text that incorporates these words and phrases, so that she can practice seeing, reading, and writing them in context. Student B and I spent a large portion of the session going over the vocabulary lists that he was given at the start of the school year."
"The student is making very rapid advances in his linguistic ability. His use of verbs is still limited to present tense avoir and etre conjugations, but he has fully mastered these, and is on his way to mastering numerical and gender agreement in adjectives. Today I worked with him in learning the French numerical system. The student already knew his numbers up to twelve, but he soon learned the pattern for 13-100, with the exception of seventy and ninety which require a different pattern. He was then able to figure out three-digit numbers with a little prompting, again excluding any mention of 70 and 90. The student was also introduced to the concept of "il y a", which he was able to understand in context and reproduce with great efficiency in slightly longer sentences. Next, I gave the student a numerical dictation, and explained how phone numbers are usually grouped. He still needs to practice these concepts, but is proving a rapid and versatile learner."
"We mostly got to know each other. I gave the student a few exercises to assess her listening comprehension, speaking, and writing. It gave me a better idea on what to work on. She has a good oral comprehension, though we need to review some grammatical rules. She seemed to enjoy the format that I provided, altering assignments and conversation. I gave her some exercises for our next session. I think we are a good match and I look forward to working together."
"Today, the student and I covered various salutations and greetings that are used in French, as well as reviewed some phrases with regards to making an introduction to or for someone. We also did briefly cover how other French tutors have worked in the past with her, and I have made notes on how to approach our sessions going forward. Her accent is great, and she will catch on very quickly. Her attitude was great, and very studious of the material we covered. I will be sending her additional worksheets and product to study and review for our next session."