Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I practiced commands for positive and negative "tu" forms with pronouns. We translated sentences and conjugated verbs using her vocabulary while completing her homework assignments. She is starting to recall her vocabulary and verb conjugations from the past much more quickly now and has improved greatly!"
"The student needed help writing two seven-sentence paragraphs about how to clean/ design an apartment, as well as help with an online vocabulary quiz. She had little trouble with the vocabulary quiz, as she knew most of the words asked of her. However, she struggled a bit more with writing Spanish sentences. Like most students that learn Spanish, she finds writing coherent sentences from scratch much more difficult than recognition exercises like fill in the blank or multiple choice. Being able to write coherently in Spanish is a skill that takes lots of practice as well as a firm grasp of the Spanish language. We brainstormed and jotted down notes about the topic briefly before deciding what to write; this seemed to help her write. We plan to meet in two weeks, after the Thanksgiving break, and then start preparing for her final exam coming up in December."
"The student has test on Tuesday. She is doing very well remembering masculine/feminine and acquiring new vocab. I left flashcards for the week. We will meet again on Monday to map out words and cover ser vs. estar more."
"In today's session, we revisited the vocabulary from Chapter 2A, as the student's review in class is tomorrow. We did a few flashcard games and went over some exercises in his textbook. We reviewed a practice test together for the section and reviewed his homework that is due on Monday afternoon together. I suggest that he go over the test and flashcards alone to make sure he really gets a firm hold on the material."
"We studied for the student's upcoming quiz using her vocabulary, and we practiced conjugating verbs into command forms. We also practiced by creating proper sentences using her current and past vocab sheets. We went on to study preterite reflexives and preterite tense regular and irregular verbs using online worksheets. She has a project coming up that we devised a plan for."
"The student and I prepped for his test before he went on Thanksgiving break. We covered ser vs. estar in more detail than we had before, going beyond the ser for "identity" and estar for "condition" to include ser for time and possession, and estar for conditional location and emotional state of being. We also discussed adjective to adverb conversion in Spanish, its parallels in English, and irregulars (poco, siempre, mal, etc.). This grammar topic was a launching point to discuss the general definitions and functions of adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs in sentences. He and I are working on building a functional system of word roles within a sentence. We are discussing how subjects, objects, action, helping actions/ verbs, modifiers, and conjunctions all work together in sentences. Finally, he and I created a test study plan for the upcoming weekend, involving three one hour sessions of review spaced out between that Tuesday and the following Thursday."