Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my introductory session with this student. Since she has switched to a new school where the other students have been taking Spanish for some time, we are playing a little catch up. We reviewed the Spanish alphabet and some vocabulary. We worked on conjugation of regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs as well as some common irregular verbs in present tense. We completed the assigned homework of coming up with 6 sentences to talk about foods her family likes to eat. I left her the notebook we practiced in to review the notes we made and to use as a reference for future assignments. She will ask her teacher about the "vosotros" form to see if we need to be reviewing that as well. It was a very good session. The student is very attentive and learns quickly."
"On Wednesday, I started something new with the student . Every week I will have him take 5 minutes to write a daily journal and draw a picture; the topics of the journal will be randomly selected by him. This will be for him to practice written compositions. We then moved on to working on his cultural practice on Costa Rica. Lastly, we finished off with his vocabulary."
"Today we went over preterite and imperfect verb tenses and practiced reflexive verbs for the student's exam on Friday. He did a great job! He seems to understand the content very well. I would just advise him to read the questions carefully, as sometimes the plurals/genders in Spanish can become confusing. After grammar practice, we watched 3 clips from a TV show (in English), which we then discussed in Spanish. He did very well here, as the vocabulary was difficult. I hope to continue this and eventually watch videos in Spanish as well."
"Over the course of today's session, the student and I worked on the subjunctive in adjective clauses and reviewed a related worksheet that is due for class. We also worked on the future tense; and the prepositions "a," "hacia," and "con." As usual, she had a strong hold on all of these topics; none of them presented her any difficulty. For homework, I will send her articles from a Spanish-language newspaper/website, which she is to translate."
"We spent most of the session on direct and indirect object pronouns, which the student was struggling a bit with. We went over some rules of object pronouns and tips for remembering where to place them in the sentence. We also practiced preterite -ar verbs. He had a good attitude and was trying very hard on everything we went over. His next test will be on preterite verb conjugations, which he was doing really well with."
"Today we went over commands in both tu and vosotros forms. We also went over reflexive verbs, direct object pronouns, and how these deal interact with the command form."