Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked through some exercises together using "se" in passive and accidental situations. Since she had learned the material a few days before, she seemed comfortable enough with the material when completing the exercises. She is making great progress as usual, even mentioning that she helps her fellow classmates out when they don't understand the material in Spanish class."
"The student worked on the two worksheets for her Spanish homework, which mainly focused on vocabulary related to the classroom. In order to be able to successfully answer each question, she needed to know the meanings of each question and other verb conjugations. One strategy we used a lot was beginning with identifying any words or phrases that she could recognize in a sentence so that she could use context clues to figure out any other parts that she didn't immediately know. This strategy worked well for her because it played to one of her strengths, which is speaking in the language in order to learn it. Also, her retention of vocabulary and conjugations from previous weeks has continued to improve, and we'll continue to cycle back to that so that her skills can keep building."
"We covered more common verbs, reviewed the difference between "ser" and "estar," went over the numbers, and learned the question words. We also reviewed the homework that we did together last time and talked about the notes the teacher made (adding "a mi" to the "me gusta" sentences). We got a lot done in a short period of time, so we will probably have to review these concepts again in the next session. The student seemed to understand everything and was keeping up well, but could definitely use some more practice."
"We first reviewed a section from a recent test before looking ahead at notes on new subjunctive uses. We looked at a few practice activities in the textbook and then online. The student really benefits from being able to talk things out as he processes it. I left him with a short list of verbs that are irregular in the subjective and a few common words to look over their meanings."
"We started the session by going over a Spanish project that we started on our last session. I was impressed that the student finished the project on his own, just like he said he was going to. He also studied his vocab words over the week, as I challenged him to do. We divided the rest of our time between two things. We discussed the difference between saber and conocer. We also practiced determining when to use each, as well as the conjugations of each. We spent the majority of the session quizzing him on his vocab words, as he was to have a quiz on them the next day. His memory of the terms improved greatly since last week and over the course of this session. The self-test technique seems to work well for him. I challenged him to quiz himself on the words he was struggling most with right before going to sleep and he said he would do that. He has a great attitude and never gives up during the session. He's great to work with."
"The student and I had a great first session. We covered the present progressive tense which has to do with what we are doing right now. Because we had a PowerPoint presentation from his previous class, he was able to follow along much easier. Once he got the hang of the pronouns and how to conjugate "estar," he felt a lot more confident. Since I'll be seeing him 3 hours a week, I believe we will progress quickly"