Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked more with pronouns, especially in conjunction with prepositions. The student uploaded a worksheet that he has to complete for homework and we went through a good chunk of it together. (We will meet again tomorrow to do the rest.) The questions dealt mostly with prepositions as well as deciding when to use subject vs. object pronouns; and when using object pronouns, when to use direct vs. indirect. We made good progress today, and I expect us to make even more progress tomorrow."
"The student and I focused on the sequence of verb tenses in Spanish, especially when determining if the subjunctive is necessary, and in what form. That is her biggest struggle, so we discussed how to decide which form to use, what to look for, and also how to form each tense, with examples. She has a positive attitude and asks lots of good questions. She advocates well for herself. She has an assessment coming up, so we focused on the topic of the assessment to prepare. She works very hard, and this is one of the hardest concepts of the language, so it's nice to see that she approaches it with such a positive outlook."
"Today, we completed two more reading comprehension practice activities. We also worked on aural comprehension by watching a video and answering questions that I had created about its content. The student said the video activity was helpful and that she liked it, so I will do more of those activities. As for the reading comprehension, we went over some more techniques to help improve her scores, but there is still room for improvement."
"The student and I focused on the interpersonal email section of the AP Spanish exam last time we met, as she had a mini practice exam the following day in class. We went through a practice email and discussed how to read the email, what to look for, take note of, and ask yourself about your correspondent as you move toward formulating your own response. She and I read the questions and discussed how to interpret the test makers goals and how to re-purpose the questions themselves into the structure of your interpersonal response. Finally, she and I discussed in Spanish how we would answer the questions. This included both our creative analyses and the formal epistolary tropes and formalities AP graders look for."
"We reviewed a lexicon and themes for family. We also reviewed multiple choice strategies of anticipating the answer of a question, and we worked on using formal register when writing in the interpretive email essay portion of the exam. The student struggled a bit with the vocabulary in the reading passage, which signals to me that I should push more challenging lexicon words to support growth. She is going to add more words from the reading we did to our organic lexicon. I scored her on her essay with 4/5 and said we would review her errors next time. Her comfort with speaking is a total win! She is sounding fearless!"
"The student and I worked on preterite and imperfect tenses. The student needs the most practice with conversational Spanish. She was extremely motivated and willing to learn. Strategies included learning Spanish conjugations and memorizing irregular verbs. We were able to apply great groundwork in preterite and imperfect for being able to delve into these subjects more deeply next session."