Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the student's French homework today. She had some reading and comprehension questions from her text book and additional workbook pages. She is learning about the island of Martinique. We read annotated maps with facts about the island and answered questions. Her workbook pages used the same vocabulary from her textbook reading. She is working very hard to improve her reading skills."
"We continued to practice the passe compose with avoir and etre, as well as conversation and vocabulary for sports and phone calls. As always, the student is excellent. I gave her extra practice with passe compose, which we went over, and she did well. She just needs practice with reflexives."
"Today we went over the simple past tense. Since it is a foundational concept, we drilled different verbs in each person, and practiced forming sentences, translating, and drilled some more. One particular effective exercise was for him to say a sentence in English, then for me to repeat it in French, and for him to determine whether or not what I said was correct - it required him to really think through the process of forming the past tense. Again, he did very well and I think he will soon have a much more solid base to work from. As we move forward, we'll also work on the difference between the simple past and the imperfect past."
"The student and I went over his last test and then worked on writing a story. The story was the student's best writing yet. By consulting a dictionary, he was able to find the words he needed to express what he wanted to say. He has very creative ideas, and his sense of grammar and sentence structure is improving greatly."
"The student and I looked at the causative form this evening. We went over the grammatical foundation and practiced replacing parts of the sentence with direct and indirect object abbreviations. We made a start on covering the verbs of perception. Next time, we'll go over her midterm and do some holistic review in preparation for her final in early May."
"The student is a great learner, and she is very passionate. Yet she repeated a few grammar mistakes she was able correct by herself. I believe she will acclimate to constant conversations in French and become more fluent with time. I will also recommend she practices more of her reading. She is very advanced for her current level. She and I went over material covered during her class. I left her some practice homework. I graded her work, which I believe required more serious effort than what she made initially. Overall, she is doing great."
"The student I concentrated on reviewing for her upcoming unit test that is scheduled for next Tuesday, and then we worked on new homework. It's really great to see the student succeeding in class. I really foresee her receiving at least a mid range B by the end of the school year based on her progress."
"I met this student for the first time. He told me the areas he needs help in and we worked on the past tense, specifically with verbs using "etre". We reviewed "etre and avoir" auxiliaries."
"Today the student and I worked on graphing systems of inequalities, as well as linear programming for Algebra 2. In French, we worked on the Subjunctive case and its uses."
"We reviewed reflexive verbs (present and passe compose) and toiletry vocabulary, getting caught up on all missed assignments."
"The student and I reviewed the imparfait and briefly discussed her issues with conjugating irregular imperfect verbs."
"The student and I practiced for his upcoming test on the imperfect, passe compose, and inverted questions. He is doing an excellent job with the imperfect endings. However, the irregular verbs' stem changes are throwing him off. It's a common issue that can be helped by studying the irregular infinitives. To further study these differences, we went through a packet he's been doing in class which has numerous examples of these tricky stems. After going over the specific differences between the passe compose and the imperfect, I believe he completely understands why one is used over the other. With the inversion questions, we stuck to our rule of thumb that "the French like to go back instead of add on," and it proved useful as we went through sentences with indirect and direct object pronouns. I gave him a chart to study that specifically shows what goes before what. Through some practice sentences in English, he has a finer grasp of what indirect object and direct objects entail, and I believe he will do very well on his test."