Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"On Sunday, the student and I started off with the most basic tense: the present progressive. He was familiar with this tense but is now able to understand that the conjugation of "estar" needs to be included in order to dictate that we are talking about the present. Next, we worked on the preterite and imperfect tenses. These are used to indicate things that occurred in the past. He learned the endings which are required for ar verbs and ir/er verbs. We also went over the differences between the two tenses. Preterite is used when talking about a defined moment in the past while imperfect is used when narrating one's life."
"The student and I continued to work on verb conjugations and also figuring out the meaning of vocabulary in context. She even recognized how much her comprehension has improved since our first tutoring session, with words that she said she wouldn't have been able to translate or conjugate back then. What has continued to work well for her has been reviewing vocabulary through flashcards and creating original sentences, so that she can practice putting the words in real contexts."
"We had a really great session today. The student reported that he earned an A (96%!) last week on the quiz we had been prepping for. All that hard work paid off, great job! He also got an A on the Spanish project we worked on. Amazing work. Today we spent our entire session really learning some grammar, which has been a weak spot for him in the past. We delved into saber vs conocer, which we had introduced last week. We practiced when to use each as well as the conjugations of each. This is what his class is learning right now. We also spent some time on "hace+period of time+que+verb." This is what his class will be learning next. I expect both of these grammar concepts to be on his next test. He really had them down by the end of the session, and I challenged him to practice over the next week in order to solidify that learning. Excellent work."
"The student and I went over new grammar for this lesson: preterit tense. We began by reviewing the present tense of an AR verb and then transitioning into the past tense of that same verb. I made sure he understood that the tense requires a specific point of time in the past, so we went over ayer, anoche, hace diez anos, etc. He did very well conjugating in the past with the help of his book. I then checked for understanding by having him translate sentences from English to Spanish using the preterit. We then touched on preterit tense of "hacer." He is doing well. Next week we will focus on his vocabulary words."
"We prepared for the student's oral exam in Spanish class for the following day. We went over test questions together to understand the meaning and grammar of each question, as well as possible responses he can use for test day. At the end of our session, we reviewed some World History material and study skills on how to study for that class efficiently."
"She is a very bright student. As she progresses in her Spanish she was struggling with reflective verbs and new vocabulary. We practiced both of those, she has a good foundation as far as grammar and verb conjugates so I just reinforced those concepts. She mastered the new concepts and now she feels ready for her quiz on Friday. I will continue to follow up with her mom to see how her grades are improving."