Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on her assignment for tomorrow, which is to read 10 sentences from her homework. We corrected the grammar, just minor changes needed, and worked on pronunciation, She recorded herself saying each sentence on voice memos on her phone. We also went over pronunciation rules for group sounds, such as "ou", "oi/oy", "eur", "oin", "ain". We looked ahead at sports vocabulary she will learn in class and made sure she knew how to pronounce and translate them. She is making great strides with her ability to use the pronunciation rules and now apply them to words she has never before seen...great progress!"
"Both students are so motivated, and such fun, winsome people. I look forward to being with them. We worked on interview questions for business, and understanding the difference between asking a question in the present tense and in the imperfect subjunctive, and how that makes the question sound to the Spanish-speaking listener. We also talked about "le" vs. "te.""
"We reviewed the reflexive verbs homework and I gave the student some steps for her to follow to conjugate these type of verbs. Today we also reviewed -are, -ir and -er verbs in the present and preterit. She knows how to conjugate in the present but needs more review especially for -ir and -er verbs in the preterite. We also reviewed ser and estar in the present and when to use which. For homework I will be sending her exercises to with ser/estar and also she has to turn in the rest of the homework I assigned her last week."
"The student and I reviewed chapters 1-3 with reading, writing, speaking and listening exercises. We practiced vocabulary, verb tenses and conjugations, pronouns, and irregular verbs. He and I will review chapters 4-6 next week, and then he will take a final exam."
"Today we went over one of the student's written essays answering the questions from the prompt. We went over verbal usage, vocabulary in use and content. Later, we also went over another short essay that was written for homework purposes."
"The student and I met for our first session. During our session, we reviewed the progress he had made in Spanish conversation with his previous tutor using the Spanish book. We discussed and reviewed the present test, definite articles, and indefinite articles."
"To prepare for the student's upcoming test, we reviewed the formation of the passive voice (especially using "se"), uses of the infinitive (and how to distinguish those from similar sentences that take the subjunctive), and the future and conditional tenses. We worked with many example sentences in which she would need to conjugate the verb correctly, needing to recall irregular verbs, correctly identify subjects, etc. At the end of the session she expressed a lot more confidence in all these areas and seems ready for her test."
"The student spent her session applying the conjugation forms of frequently used Spanish verbs. She shared about her recent trip to Mexico speaking in Spanish. She also spent time reading and discussing an article in Spanish."
"Today the student and I covered basic introductions and greetings in Spanish such as introducing yourself and asking someone's name/how they're doing. We then moved on to conjugations of verbs in the present tense. More specifically we covered regular verbs, verbs with irregular conjugations in the "yo" form, and irregular stem changing verbs. The student picked up on this material quickly and was able to do a practice worksheet with little difficulty. The student was very enthusiastic about learning Spanish and asked questions when he was unsure of something or when he wanted additional information."
"We went over vowel pronunciation, a song, and some exercises to practice simple words. Then we studied subject pronouns. I used TPR and I explained the cultural differences between formal and informal and also the exclusive used of vosotros in Spain. The student answered some written questions. As a HW she needs to practice the vowel song, the SP signs and finish two worksheets."
"Today we focused on studying for the student's vocabulary quiz for tomorrow. She had made notecards and I helped her to drill the vocabulary from both Spanish to English and English to Spanish. After she got the vocab down we moved to reviewing object pronouns, which she identified as being an area in which she needed serious review. We used her school textbook and went over the basics of how to structure a sentence using either a direct or indirect object pronoun on its own. Next week we will move on to using both object pronouns together in one sentence."
"Today we reviewed some homework I gave her to do. I noticed she had made some verb conjugation errors and I pointed them out. After the usual reviews of previous material, I went over all the subject pronouns before going into a review of the various verb endings for each type of infinitive. We went over examples of each type and practiced conjugating them. After a little practice, she was able to conjugate the verbs without any mistakes. We then spent the last portion of the session rewriting her notes on verb conjugation to make them easier to understand. We will continue working with verbs."