Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a quiz tomorrow, so we started by filling out her study guide worksheets and making sure her answers were correct. I then quizzed her on the study guide questions by asking her everything in Spanish and then having her translate my questions from Spanish to English. We did a vocab pop quiz as well. I had her write out her own charts for the verbs she was struggling to remember the conjugation of, star all the irregular verbs, and review which words go with which phrases she has for the quiz. I sent her a YouTube video of two native Spanish speakers using the preterite tense that offers subtitles so she can listen and try to hear the verbs and also check with the subtitles if it is difficult. She did really well today."
"The student and I briefly looked over the list of topics for his exam again before spending the rest of the session focusing on irregular verb conjugations in the preterite. He has a grasp of most of the topics and concepts for the exam but will need to spend some time committing vocabulary and irregular verb forms to memory."
"The student is very interested in learning everyday conversation skills and is eager to communicate with people she interacts with in her daily life. Today's lesson was a trip to the market. I also spent a few minutes talking with her brother today, trying to get a gauge of his needs."
"The student and I continued covering the irregular and stem-changing verbs in the preterite tense. We also spent some time working with direct and indirect object pronouns. I felt that he made some good progress with the use of pronouns but we have been covering the preterite tense for the past three sessions and need to move forward so that he is ready for his final test. He needs to know the regular and irregular forms of preterite verbs and should also memorize the irregular yo verbs in the present so that we can start working on new material. I also suggest that he memorize his flashcards, which contain a lot of words useful for overall reading comprehension, such as adverbs and pronouns. Hopefully he will have a syllabus that we can review in order to better prepare for the final in our last few sessions."
"We reviewed greetings vocabulary, numbers, and present tense ser and estar conjugations. We also reviewed a previous quiz and corrected the errors together. The student is applying herself well."
"The student had 12 assignments on her online Spanish homework site to complete, mainly pertaining to the subjunctive tense in Spanish. Since we had already discussed the subjunctive tense last week, she seemed to get the hang of the conjugations and didn't have too much trouble with them. One thing she found tricky was deciding when to use indicative or subjunctive when given certain key phrases, but with repeated practice, she was able to recognize such phrases more quickly. Next session will be my last session with her before her Spanish final, and we will pick back up in the new year!"