Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked more on exercises for the Imperfect and preterit modes of the past tense. It is a rough topic, but I think that compared to last week's session I see the growth and understanding of the student when working on activities. I introduced a new use for the imperfect mode, which is used to express uninterrupted activities that took place in the past. This does not mean that it is an exclusive mode for things that happen a long time ago, it can also be applied for actions that took place in a recent past. When using the imperfect to describe an activity it is possible to use the preterit as well, which will indicate the interruption of the "uninterrupted activity/ies." We worked on a few exercises, and I incorporated a few reflexive verbs, just to keep him aware of them, for all tense conjugations. I left some homework for him on an index card. I asked him to study the use of imperfect verbs, to also study the irregular imperfect conjugations and a few vocabulary index cards."
"The student has a great grasp of some basic concepts of Spanish grammar. He's been using a book to help him. I suggested some book and online resources to help him take his Spanish to the next level. We discussed several different tenses in Spanish, such as the present, present progressive, preterite, imperfect, future and idiomatic future, and their constructions and uses. He had many of his own questions which guided our priorities for the session and showed his engagement with the material."
"I had my first session with the student this Wednesday, and it went really well. She is extremely motivated to learn, and she is very analytical in her approach, which are good traits to have. She gets the introductory concepts really well."
"This first session went very well -- I believe we'll get off to a great start. We first discussed what the boys had learned so far in their schooling with regards to Spanish, going over some basic beginner's-level concepts such as the alphabet, introductory vocabulary words and phrases and some simple geography related to the Spanish-speaking world. I also talked to them a bit about the homework they will be assigned as part of their classes, and how we can work on that a bit during each of our sessions. The boys both remember what they have learned fairly well, so I feel that we will have a solid base of understanding to go off of. Next session, we can focus in more on specific lesson topics -- namely, vocabulary words commonly used to describe food, meals and general eating habits."
"During this session we continued to review past concepts. The student is still having difficulty with conjugations but he is getting better. Both students need to continue working on memorizing the vocabulary. Overall this session went well."
"We went over colors, objects, and the alphabet in Spanish. The student did very well (it helps that she is already able to read). I left flashcards with her so that she could continue to practice and learn her colors!"