Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on her assignment for tomorrow, which is to read 10 sentences from her homework. We corrected the grammar, just minor changes needed, and worked on pronunciation, She recorded herself saying each sentence on voice memos on her phone. We also went over pronunciation rules for group sounds. We looked ahead at sports vocabulary she will learn in class and made sure she knew how to pronounce and translate them. She is making great strides with her ability to use the pronunciation rules and now apply them to new words."
"We reviewed last session on questions and answers. We practiced oral conversation. Student is making progress on oral conversation."
"Tonight I helped the student review an exam in his French one class. He is quick to understand key concepts, and he only made a number of small grammatical mistakes. We reviewed in detail key concepts associated with the mistakes he made. I will also be emailing a brief review sheet that I typed up which summarizes core concepts we discussed from the session. After reviewing the exam, we went over culture readings from his textbook. Parent was worried that student does not do as well on the cultural assessments in class. I suggested that the best way to absorb the material is to read and reread the passages. The book also gives questions over the readings that he can answer for practice. I will work with him next weekend and follow up on anything that he needs help with from the next week."
"We reviewed er verbs and verbs like faire before working with the futur proche, the tense that is going to be covered on his next quiz. The student struggled with identifying infinitives in French and we talked about the ways to identify the infinitives and how to use it in the future proche. He did very well and progressed quickly with the examples that we worked with. We practiced the types of examples that will be on the quiz and flipped the questions so he could change sentences from the present to the futur proche and use different subjects. I gave him the grammar exercises we worked with so that he can practice and review. I will bring additional activity sheets next time. We left the session having a solid comprehension of the future proche."
"On the last session, I discussed with the student her points of weakness in conjugating the verbs in the future tense and the imperfect past tense and gave her some tips to be able to use those tenses without being confused due to the similarity in their endings. She had some spelling mistakes that I told her about. Other than that, her spelling in French is pretty good. She did many exercises that were related to the imperfect past tense, the composed past tense, the future simple, and the present tense. As a result, she did very well on the past tenses; however, she needs to focus more on the endings of the imperfect and the future tenses in order for her not to be confused. At the end of the session, I had a conversation in French with her, talking about her future career. No homework was provided, she requested not to be given any homework this week because of her other homework and activities in school."
"We reviewed a poem he needed to recite for his teacher called "L'Orange" and spent the majority of the lesson reviewing the pronunciation for the words and their meanings. We then worked on correcting an assignment he had completed during our off time."
"Today, the student and I worked on memorizing a poem and reading comprehension. He seemed to catch onto the material very quickly. I used memorization techniques I used for myself in high school, and he now knows the poem by heart."
"We started with the student's homework, writing problems in her textbook. Then we moved on to enrichment practice. First, I had her write about what she did over spring break using the passe compose. Then she read a short non-fiction passage and translated it. Finally, we did some grammar review problems from a workbook about pronouns. She seemed to be having trouble remembering the rules for pronouns, so I'd like to do a review of this for next time."
"The students began working on the simple future tense this week, so most of the session focused on that. Their teacher assigned a long activity to practice irregular verbs in the present, passe compose, and simple future, so the students worked on that. I asked them to try to correct themselves. I pointed out and explained patterns (for example: ils peuvent, ils comprennent, ils veulent, ils doivent, etc.: all of these slightly irregular third person plural forms share a sound change). After this, they worked on a future tense only activity, and again I pointed out mistakes and also used it to continue with other topics we've covered so they don't forget them (i.e. follow-up questions on food, using pronouns, etc.) I then explained some of the cases where French usage of the future is different than English (e.g. quand, des que, aussitot que). Finally, they worked on savoir vs. connaitre. They both worked diligently and I think the exercises were useful."
"The student and I began to cover reflexive verbs, and we reviewed one of his old tests to figure out what sort of problems he makes habitually."
"The student and I went over the French History that would be on her final to prepare. We went through different sections, and I helped her with anything she had questions on."
"We worked through a homework assignment reviewing pronoun agreement and placement. Then we read chapters 9-11 of The Little Prince. The student's reading skills are improving dramatically!"