Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session we covered regular verbs and their conjugation in the simple present tense. The student is practicing between sessions, completing the worksheets from the Spanish book, and working with vocabulary flashcards. I have recommended for her to use the book Spanish Conversation to start practicing some basic conversation during the sessions."
"The student is an advanced intermediate student who has a firm grasp on the basics of Spanish grammar and is seeking to improve her fluidity with more complicated verb tenses. We talked about her learning style and goals, and conducted an introductory conversation in Spanish so that I could assess her level. We then worked on a reading exercise that covered a wide variety of grammatical concepts, and worked on some strategies for tackling advanced passages: identifying unfamiliar words, recognizing parts of speech and how the words function within a sentence, and making an educated guess as to their meaning. She was able to comprehend the meaning of long passages even when some words and phrases were unfamiliar to her. She said that several things she'd like to work on include por versus para; direct, indirect, and reflexive pronouns and how to use them in combination; and eventually the subjunctive."
"The student and I had a wonderful final session! I had him help me create some flashcards for Spanish personal pronouns and question words. Then, we used them in writing the answers to some sentences. He did a great job and seems to be on the road to less anxiety about Spanish! I wish him all the best in his dual language immersion program."
"We went over some numbers and directions as well as other things we thought may be directly applicable to the student's travels. We chatted in Spanish to keep up comprehension and usage, and went over some of her online resources. We also planned for the next month and the future in general and said our goodbyes."
"Since the student had another vocabulary assessment in sentence format, sentences were created and reviewed using his chapter vocabulary and affirmative and negative words targeted (as requested by the student)."
"The student told me at the start of the session he would have a test next Thursday, so he wanted to schedule two sessions for next week before then (Tuesday and Wednesday). He wanted to focus on the two past Pliny letters we had been reading over the past couple of weeks: Pliny's letter about the Christians and the one about Vesuvius. We started today by beginning the letter about Vesuvius. I would have him parse every subjunctive and ablative available to be parsed."