Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student shared the news that he received a 100 on both his written and his verbal test. We had practiced extensively for both parts of the test, so it is great that all of his hard work is paying off. To begin this session, we started with vocabulary, as he has an upcoming vocab quiz next week. After reviewing the vocabulary, we then began to go over the grammar that will be on his next test. Specifically, we covered comparisons of inequality and how they are formed using: mas (menos) que, tan, tantos, tanto + como, and mas de. We spent a great deal of time going over the differences between each as well as proper usage. We wrapped up the session by doing practice from the book using all of these concepts."
"We mainly covered pronunciation in preparation for an oral exam on Monday. We went over conjugation of gustar and made examples that could be found in casual conversation. Specifically, we talked about how to use gustar to say "I, you, he/she likes.." and how to emphasize this by adding a mi, a ti, etc. We then talked about how to ask what someone likes using gustar. We also went over how to say "what do you like to do?," "what are you going to do on vacation?," "See you on....(Saturday)," "Where are you going?," and "why?" We also talked about using the verb "ir" for future tense."
"We spent almost the entire session reviewing past concepts/vocabulary with special emphasis on pronunciation. Pronunciation continues to be the area that the student most struggles with. We approached multiple sets of vocabulary with a quick fire method of translation (both Spanish to English and vice versa). We reviewed months, days of the week, sports, numbers, colors, greetings, gustar grammar form, future tense, regular ar/er/ir verbs, tener, and ir. New concepts included emphasis on some of the rules with ser/estar and the "tener + que + infinitive" obligation construction. He will continue to practice vocabulary and pronunciation on his own in preparation for our next meeting next week."
"We covered verbs of motion for the first session. After that, we learned how to give dates in Russian. I had the student translate another challenging passage from English to Russian, which she did well on. We learned more vocabulary. Then, we discussed the plans for our next session."
"We covered a text about socialism and its remnants in Russia, did a few grammar exercises, and then did a picture exercise where the student used his vocabulary and knowledge to describe a random picture in Russian."
"We covered a lot of Kaji from today's session - earthquake, desk, test, and more. We also learned an expression - surprise. We then covered a little of Onomatopoeia. In the next session, we might use different material to study more Japanese."