Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I worked on confidence building through memorization exercises and concept mastery. We went over the material for a quiz she has tomorrow. We made vocabulary cards and very rigorously did several exercises. We also went over the present perfect in Spanish. Conceptually, we also reviewed what a participle and a past participle is. We did a few sentence translations. By the end of the session, she had pushed herself to memorize all her vocabulary and all the conjugations for -ar/ -er/ -ir verbs in the present perfect. I think she'll do excellently tomorrow, if she continues to review the material we laid out tonight. Her memory is undoubtedly improving."
"The student covered a good portion of his homework and review sheet on preterit and direct object pronouns. We also reviewed a lot of Spanish 1 material that was one of his main concerns because he said that he didn't get a very good foundation in that last year. He is picking it up quickly and I believe that he should see quick improvement in grammar, vocabulary, and confidence in the near future."
"The student and I focused on understanding and giving directions from one location to another. We first reviewed the vocabulary of different locations on the map. There were a couple that her teacher had not gone over so we reviewed those. Afterwards, I gave her directions to different places from the map. She understood, perfectly arriving each time at the exact location. We then began to trade off giving directions to different locations. She did a great job of conjugating the verbs in command form and using prepositions. There were a few corrections with prepositions, but she quickly internalized the corrections. She seems much more confident using her Spanish now. It is clear that she picks up quickly on vocabulary and conjugates effectively. Today was a great session!"
"During our session today we began by going over one more preterite vs imperfect paragraph. This one was much more difficult for the student because she was wanting to follow the rules very strictly, but with languages, there are always exceptions. I helped her understand logically why those exceptions make sense, and after we finished she said it is hard to remember, but it does make sense. Next we moved onto biology because her test is on Friday. We started by reviewing vocab from both chapters 9 and 12, and then we practice some genetic dihybrid crosses. She is very good and confident with theses. She told me she needed a little help understanding mutations, so we spent the remainder of the time working on those. By the end, she seemed to have a much better understanding."
"The student and I reviewed questions she got incorrect on the test. Her overall score was 89. We completed exercises on stem-changing -ar, -er, -ir verbs with focus on "poder" and "dormir." She created sentences using the conjugated forms of the verbs. She knows more vocabulary than she thinks she does. She needs to focus on spelling in some cases. With more practice she will improve. We will continue to work on that."
"Today, the student said she wanted to go over the Spanish concepts taught today before working on the homework assignments. The assignments were about the future tense in Spanish--she didn't have too much difficulty learning this new verb tense, as the conjugation was relatively easy compared to others she has learned. She did well on the homework assignments and seemed to grasp the concept well."