Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over six sections of vocabulary. Using flashcards, the student reviewed and then took practice tests on almost all of the vocab that will be on Wednesday's exam. He did a great job! He only missed a few terms in each section, and most of them were small spelling mistakes. He has a good grasp on the vocabulary that is needed for his exam. Tomorrow we will go over the final vocab section and review some grammar topics that he could use a little extra practice on."
"We had our last session today. We studied unit 6 for her final. This session was much more encouraging than the last. Every verb I threw at her, she conjugated in no time. She's clearly been studying. We spent the majority of her time working on writing, because I know that is a concern for her. I think she just needed a change in her process. We talked about writing everything out first and then going back through and fixing errors. That seemed to help a lot. She's going to do great on her exam."
"The student and I worked on more imparfait vs passe compose. I tried to give her some harder examples today, because I know if she sees the difficult things now, she'll ace the relatively easier test. She needed help a bit in the beginning, but towards the end she was answering correctly and confidently on her own. I also saw that she was understanding the logic of the different tenses, which will help her greatly on the test. She and I also practiced a little bit of speaking, since she has an oral exam tomorrow. I noted her clean pronunciation of the words and her creative sentences. I think she will do very well on her oral exam because she tries to make her sentences different and contain extra information, which teachers love. She also is speaking with correct grammar without much correction from me. I think her speaking skills are very strong."
"The student's French 2 final is next Monday, and her teacher provided the class with a study guide. We spent our time going through it; although, she had already filled it out. A list of circumstances isn't the most beneficial way for her to study, so I suggested a bubble chart instead. We also compiled a list of signal words that would indicate one tense or the other. After a few examples, she felt more confident. We spent the remainder of our time reviewing irregular verb conjugations. Her current grade in the class is an 89% and if she does well on the final, she can easily raise that grade to a 90% and make an A in the course."
"The student and I reviewed for his final exam on Monday. His teacher had provided a study guide for the students; he had gone through the study guide a few times, and we based the lesson on questions he had about the material. He mostly struggled with the imperative and keeping verb conjugations straight, but his previous studying seemed to have prepared him well. He was very comfortable with many of the topics, and (from looking at his previous work) he understood them well. The student planned to continue studying on Saturday, and he promised to let me know of any questions he had while studying."
"We went over your final study guide, reviewing reflexives in present and in passe compose, and vocabulary for activities. Reminders: Check over your work after you complete each section and make sure that what you wrote still makes sense if you read it again. Get a good night's sleep before the test and wake up with plenty of time to eat breakfast and get to school; it might be a good idea to pack your bag the night before. These are just some test-taking strategies that I've found useful over the years. You seem very prepared for the test and I am confident that you understand the material. Best of luck with everything!"