Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I continued our previous day's session, focusing on vocabulary and quantitative comparison. We went through practice sections of each, and in between did rounds of flash card vocabulary practice. The student has mastered roughly 50 new words in our last three sessions, and I hope to double that by the time she takes her exam. Her work on the quantitative comparison section shows improvement."
"I first discussed goals for the tutoring with the parent, who emphasized working on reading comprehension. I then introduced myself to the student, and I taught him the reading comprehension strategy in steps, using two example passages. I had him practice one passage, and we touched on a strategy for completing synonyms. We finished off by going over part of a vocabulary list for him to study and review next session."
"Reviewed math and chemistry with the student. She did not need help other than some more explanation."
"The student and I put in a lot of good practice with basic algebraic expressions and equations. She exercised her mind with mental math on addition/subtraction and multiplication/division problems. I plan to emphasize the importance of writing problems out when they become too complicated for mental math. She is still very motivated and excited to learn which is great!"
"With Student 1 we went over balancing equations. With Student 2 we went over centripetal motion. Overall both sessions went well."
"The students had a quick quiz (in the form of a short review putting together some concepts learned from the past two weeks) and performed well. As they are still learning and very young, it is a challenge for them to pronounce Spanish only when it is written and not dictated to them. This lesson has been helpful as it has indicated to me that focusing on vocabulary will be the best way forward for teaching the boys. They are making fast progress in understanding the core concepts and details I have provided for them on their weekly 'cheat sheet', and this week they were given their first homework assignment in order to test their comprehension of ideas from the first and second weeks."
"I assisted the student with creating his flashcards for doubt and opinion, as he did not have a chance to do complete them prior to our session. We then went through studying using flashcards and differentiating between the subjunctive and indicative, and also completed an interactive worksheet (via tablet) for subjunctive vs indicative. We practiced conversation through question and answer for the subjunctive tense. This week, he has been assigned volition and emotion (subjunctive uses) for his flash cards."
"We began by reviewing the gerund form of verbs (-ando and -iendo) and the conditional tense. We then drilled those constructions with a variety of common verbs with which the student is familiar. We then went through some of the review exercises at the end of Chapter 7 in the textbook. Afterwards, we used the concepts reviewed earlier in the session to complete a variety of translations. I have assigned him several exercises in Chapter 8 of the textbook."
"Today we started by reviewing the Spanish alphabet, numbers, days, months, and seasons. We spent most of the session doing this, with emphasis on pronunciation. I then introduced some useful phrases that she can use at work, with explanations of meanings and the difference between using formal and informal registers in Spanish. I also instructed her to make flashcards of the alphabet and numbers over the weekend and to practice with them. We will work with those next week."
"During this session we reviewed the phrases from the student's homework. I used this opportunity to review several of the rules associated with the subjunctive. Her homework consisted of identifying whether the sentence was in the indicative or the subjunctive. She expressed that this exercise was very helpful in expanding her understanding of the subjunctive. I then began a worksheet with her in which she needed to translate commonly used phrases in the subjunctive."
"We spent the first hour reviewing and discussing his homework from Tuesday, which was past participle work. The second hour and a half we reviewed and discussed his homework for Thursday, working again on past participle with more listening. We hope to work more on sentence structure this Sunday."
"Today, the student needed help writing a script for extra credit. She had to write a script for 4 people (including herself), with each person saying the following: -10 vocab words -3 preterite verbs -2 demonstrative pronouns -one big number -2 indirect object pronouns I reminded her how important it is to not forget past Spanish words--the language is cumulative and builds on prior knowledge."