Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued the work on what we had been doing on our last section. We chose a few particular verbs (irregulars this time) and then conjugated them in every tense we've gone over together. We then used different verb tenses in context so that she could identify which was appropriate when. A new goal I have for sessions with her is to set out a "to-do list" at the beginning of our lessons so that we know how much we have to accomplish."
"The student will re quiz tomorrow. She paid more attention this session compared to Monday. I believe she will pass the next quiz if she reads over the material soon before the quiz. She should do fairly well but has not mastered the verbs at hand."
"2nd meeting. Went over homework. Covered grammar and verb tenses first hour. Made a list of verbs to practice in different tenses. Second hour, practiced speaking and used those verbs to communicate and made sentences. Went over colors and numbers, days of the week, months. Student was eager lo learn. Study skills: flash cards. Practice verb tenses, colors, numbers after putting them in flash cards. Come up with sentences using verbs and vocabulary learned. No score or grades."
"My session with the student went very well. He plans to take an in-school Spanish placement exam at the end of March. He has a large packet of exercises to help him study for the exam. During our session we worked on a few pages out of the packet and also worked on some of his homework. My main focus during our first session was to get to know him, assess his goals, and to figure out how he works best/how I can be most helpful to him. Like many students, he has a habit of trying to translate Spanish directly into English; I reminded him that many things in Spanish do not translate DIRECTLY into English and that he is better off trying to translate at the very end and first, translating any words he does not recognize. He has a strong command of the language and is a motivated student so I foresee our sessions together being very productive."
"This was an introduction session. We discussed strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. We talked about the preterite vs. Imperfect, subjunctive vs. indicitive, vocabulary words and viewed a past test."
"In this session we worked on a review sheet on the verb "ser" for the student's upcoming quiz. After this we did a few more exercises for practice. Also we continued with a regular tutoring session on this new chapter on "sports". I think he is prepared for his quiz; he had no trouble with the practice work we did. Lastly we practiced reading and worked pronunciation. He did very well."
"AR ER IR regular verbs, present and preterite - The student has a high level of intrinsic motivation, and can handle homework with relish. He WILL ask questions if confused. Also went over numbers 30-100 and watched a video on clothes and preterite tense."
"We spoke in Spanish for the whole session today, since all he has left is his oral exam. We reviewed the differences between reflexive pronouns, direct object pronouns, and indirect object pronouns. We focused our discussion on using the verbs that work like "gustar," trying to incorporate them into our conversation. We talked about Hillary Clinton, economic policy, Argentina, as well as the likes, dislikes, and interests of people we know. His use of the gustar-like verbs definitely improved over the course of the session. The general flow of his conversation is also improving as is his listening comprehension. He still needs to work more on using the past in conversation, so that is what we will focus on next time. He will be away for the next two weeks for Spring Break, so we will not be meeting again until the last full week of March."
"Today we went over numbers 0-1000 with emphasis on pronunciation. I gave the student a numbers worksheet to do over the next couple days. I also introduced some new vocabulary on the days of the week, the months, the seasons, and other related vocabulary along with a worksheet for her to complete at home. I had her take notes on the new vocabulary in her notebook which she says is a good way for her to learn. She is pleased with the progress she is making, especially with being able to say new words correctly. Overall, she is progressing well."
"We began the lesson by going over the student's homework, through which I discovered her confusion on when to use "at" vs. "on" in the context of expressing the passage of time. We went through several examples, and she seemed to get a firmer grasp of it and seems to have also mastered how to use "do" and "does" in the context of asking a question. We also focused on when to use "than" vs. "then" since the usage of "than" had come up in the context of a sentence we were translating. Finally, we focused on conjugating "to be" in both the past and the present and in the context of continuous verb tenses (verbs ending in "ing"). Overall, student is improving."
"To start off, we used flashcards and the student conjugated basic -ar verbs according to the person he picked. He improved greatly as we went on and made almost no mistakes in the second round. We then reviewed the days of the weeks, the months of the year, and the numbers. I gave him some big numbers to practice and he said them well. We then worked on gender agreement and plurals (la/las el/los) and the exceptions to the rules. We reviewed time of day (buenos dias, a tiempo etc.) and then phrases to work on location and direction. We reviewed and practiced ser/estar, focusing on using ser to talk about professions. The student has an excellent memory and is able to pick up vocabulary words quickly. To finish the session, I had him read out loud from a high school level chapter book to practice pronunciation. I left him with a small homework assignment from his book to practice ser/estar/hay."
"We reviewed the vocabulary from last time and practiced asking each other questions using question words and the verbs to have/to like/to be. We worked on the vocabulary for rooms and things around the house by drawing a map of the home and labeling it. The student's listening comprehension is already much better, but she still prefers to respond in English. We are getting better at staying in the target language for the majority of the session. For the next class, we will be working more with listening and pronunciation using video and song."