Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered the imperfect of the subjunctive mood. We talked about conjugation and its meaning in various contexts. We completed a few exercises. He had a little difficulty at first recognizing the change in subject in the middle of the sentence, and with recalling the preterite and imperfect endings. He was clearer by the end of the session, and I recommended that he review both of those verb tenses."
"We studied most used verbs and 150 of the most used Spanish words. We had conversations and simulated phone conversations. I brought him a video about horses and he listened to the audio and summarized. We improved vocabulary, pronunciation, and syntax. We talked about his work and the kind of conversations he will have in Spanish. We were comfortable, and most of the time were speaking Spanish. This is useful because it allows the brain "to think in Spanish" and this will be useful for improving his fluency."
"We covered the grammar in general that Spanish III focuses on. The student had a great attitude and is a smart kid. He needs to learn how to focus on mundane tasks like taking a simple quiz. I hope to help him reel it in to get to a point where he can use his high IQ to pass standard quizzes. It was a pleasure to work with the student."
"The student completed a handout he had for homework on the present perfect and pluperfect subjunctive. I encouraged him to write some more complicated sentences to push him a little bit more and help him expand his vocabulary range. We also looked at some cultural texts on Diego Rivera and Garcia Lorca by listening to the text. I asked him some comprehension questions and made a list of key vocabulary since he said this material will be in his test next Tuesday. In preparation for the test, we also looked at some sentences he had done for homework (subjunctive with if clauses). We agreed to continue working on the subjunctive on Sunday."
"We increased vocabulary and I gave him some homework to do, as learning the new voc and to watch a movie (Nemo) in Spanish. We went also over different time forms of regular verbs with -er, -ar and -ir endings."
"Guided the student through a multiple choice quiz and essay. He is getting better at translating ideas without looking up every word; he continues to excel with grammar rules and their application. More practice needed with pronunciation: repeating words in the audio/video clips is useful as these are native speakers and imitating them will help to make his pronunciation better."