Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today in our session we started by reviewing colors and greetings. The student really excelled at the colors. We reviewed the greetings in Spanish, and I had him create sentences with the greetings. Then I had him create a sentence on his own. We then went on to reviewing pronouns and using them with "estar". He was to write each conjugation, and later complete the sentences with the correct conjugation. He has a worksheet to complete as homework."
"I had sent the student four worksheets to do for homework. They were mostly on verb conjugations. Some of them were definitely harder than others. He did a great job of filling in the blank with the correct verb and conjugation, and translating the sentences. We looked at the first pages of the Children's Spanish book, with which we are going to begin."
"The student and I reviewed all of the verbs we have learned thus far. I would like her to continue practicing the notecards I have made for her so we can move on to some newer verbs! Today we discussed Hay, Hablar, Vivir, Comer, and a little bit on Estar. Next week, we will be playing a verb game for a final review!"
"Today the student and I went over irregular and regular tu commands. He came prepared with the verbs he needed to know, and the correct conjugations for the command form of each. We reviewed the reasoning behind this type of conjugation in Spanish, and then reviewed each verb's specific conjugation. We practiced regular and irregular verbs. He seemed to know the material pretty well!"
"Today, we worked on their Spanish commercial for class. We added some essential lines. I also taught the girls how to say "how!" as in "How cheap is the check!" Lastly, we went over "tener que" (to have to) which is a subject that their teacher went over in semester one. The girls created a few sentences in Spanish for me and seem to have learned this concept very quickly."
"We started off singing a song. I left certain words for her to say, she now knows hungry, cold, up and down. We then worked on colors from her book. I started having her say the colors and what certain objects there were. Afterwards, I had her be the teacher and I was the student, this allowed her to be able to say what color is this? and What is this? She did pretty well for her first time. We then played a stepping game singing numbers 1-6."
"The student and I went over her homework assignment about formal commands (with "usted"). She was initially a little confused about the steps to get the form, but we wrote it out and she had a good command of it. We went over the idea of making her own reference notebook so she had somewhere to refer to if she was confused and as a way to make sure she has gone through all the material."
"For grammar we continued practice using direct and indirect pronouns. We also went over the position of adjectives and how that can change the meaning of a sentence. The student will do more practice this week in the grammar book that we're using. She selected a chapter from our reading text about the history of the pineapple which we discussed. We looked over a summary that she wrote of the first chapter of the novel that we're reading. The student also listened at home to a podcast that I'd recommended for extra listening practice. As always, she is fully engaged and quickly picks up concepts. She always comes prepared with practice work that she has done during the week."
"We went over commands during this session. We have taken to walking the block for the duration of our meeting because it helps him remember what we talk about and gives us the chance to actually converse in the language."
"We went over numbers and some household object terminology with the first student. With both students together we went over some verb conjugation, phrases for basic dialogue/conversation they wanted to learn, aqui/alli/alla, and talking about the weather."
"We went over present and past perfect. She understands these well. We did a story where she had to choose between present and past and she got most of them right. We also did diminutives and augmentatives - we went over the general rules and exceptions. Once we reviewed those, she pretty much had that concept down. She plans on committing those rules to memory."
"We reviewed imperfect vs. preterite; verbs like gustar in present and past tense, direct and indirect object pronouns and vocabulary for tomorrow's test. I am very pleased with the way he has grasped the main concepts. There were a few mistakes. However, the sentences I was giving him were way more advanced than what he is currently studying. He is improving his self-confidence when it comes to using the language."