Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the student's vocabulary from last session again. It got better by the end. I also pushed her to put the verbs in imperative. We also worked on putting reflexive verbs into passe compose before doing reading comprehension. She asked that we spend some time over the coming weeks going over everything so that she can prepare for her exam. Lots of stuff coming up for her!"
"We went over the student's homework since she had questions on it. We then worked on what she needs to study for her upcoming test. After we worked on verb conjugations for some irregular verbs where we focused on imparfait, passe compose, and present tense for the verbs. I also made a handout explaining how to get the imparfait form and some common irregular verbs for it, as well as the exceptions to the rules on the paper and left it for her to use as an aid to study and understand the formation of the tense. I explained a trick I use for it which is to take the present nous form, take away the "ons" ending and add the imparfait endings (ais, ais, ait, ions, iez, aient) for conjugations in the imparfait, so that she could see how to form them if she knows the present tense but not the imparfait stem for words."
"We covered the student's review for his next test and did a review on the passe compose (past tense in French). There were a couple points of confusion with pronunciation which led to misinterpretations, but we corrected those and learned an mnemonic to remember how to pronounce consonants: CaReFuL."
"We reviewed current vocabulary and conjugation of verbs in the imperfect tense and how they're used. We practiced usage of the verb and the difference between the imperfect tense and the simple past tense, 'passe compose, since both are past tenses. We practiced some sentences to understand the difference, and I emailed her dad with some activities on this for further practice."
"The student and I went over indirect object pronouns today. We reviewed the difference between a direct object pronoun and an indirect object pronoun. We also reviewed many practice sentences and looked at the importance of memorizing verbs with their prepositions. We then talked about savoir and connaitre and learned the obvious and less obvious differences between them. The student is doing really well. She truly understands object/indirect pronouns, their order, and their differences. It will become easier and easier as she continues to practice and begins to hear the difference in sound out loud. She'll be able to notice in time that one is clearly right and the other one "sounds wrong." I'm excited for her!"
"The student and I practiced the recent past and the near future, focusing specifically how to conjugate the verbs in the sentence. Conjugations are his biggest challenge in learning French, so after going over what he's doing in class, we returned to present tense conjugations. Next meeting, I plan on developing a more hands-on lesson to help make the material stick."