Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is feeling more comfortable using Spanish. At first it wasn't easy to accept the differences with the English language, as Spanish is more structured and more complex. The concepts are slowly becoming a second nature for him. Today we went over the interrogative words, certain prepositions, and conjunctions. He is being exposed to new vocabulary now, thus he has homework to do from the study book."
"As Student 1 is taking lessons together with Student 2, the first session was with Student 1, and the second (this one) was with Student 2. I combined both sessions into a larger one, so they have both material to review for next session (Chapter One: Spanish Conversation.)"
"We spent this time preparing for the student's final exam. We covered command tense, subjunctive verbs, imperfect vs. preterite, vocabulary, and chapters 6-9 in her book. We also reviewed demonstrative adjectives, superlatives, comparisons, and more. By the end of our session, she felt confident that she would do well on her exam. Follow up after our session: She took her exam and made an 82 on her final and an 85 in the class! She did a great job overall for the semester and we are all really proud of her!"
"We reviewed previous concepts and practiced them. These included numbers, colors, greetings, days of the week, months of the year, and seasons. Our sessions are conducted with a combination of songs and game-like activities using Google slides. Most practice is verbal, with a bit of writing for extra practice. Both students are making progress at their own pace."
"The student worked on his homework, then we reviewed vocabulary related to sports. He understood the vocabulary well. I think the most difficult thing for him was deciphering what each sentence meant. We will work more on picking apart sentences based on the words we know and using context clues. I think this skill will help him on his exams. I asked him to practice his vocabulary and conjugations of verbs because he has an upcoming exam on verb conjugations."
"The student and I continued to go over key vocabulary that will be covered on tomorrow's quiz. He indicated that his quiz will consist of matching, fill in the blank, and picture identification. We covered vocabulary that had vacation/ travel/ leisure themes such as amusement parks, zoos, cruises, and more. We also covered the four main verbs that will be covered tomorrow: saber (to know information), conocer (to know people), decir (to say), and salir (to leave). He did a very good job at getting his vocab down but struggled initially with the verbs. We broke the verbs down and took turns going back and forth from English to Spanish and vice versa, and he was able to use mnemonic devices to get him familiarized with salir. One of the methods we used was salir sounding like "to sail away" which helped him remember that salir = to go out or leave aka sail away. By the end of the session he had improved significantly in his verb conjugations and understanding."