Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent most of our time putting together a short paragraph he had to read out loud for Spanish and then reviewed for his upcoming math test."
"We reviewed past assignments completed by the student for his Spanish class. I explained to him the use of direct and indirect objects in Spanish and the questions we ask to identify them (what? whom? for direct object and for whom? to whom? for indirect object), as well as the direct and indirect object pronouns (lo/la/los/las for DOP and le/les for IDP). He completed a series of exercises and explained to me the use of the DO and IO and their corresponding pronouns (Quiero una computadora --> La quiero; Tengo un libro --> Lo tengo; Compro unas flores --> Las compro; Tengo unos perros --> Los tengo; Le escribo una carta a ella --> Le envio unas tarjetas a ellos). We went over his homework from last week and reviewed an assignment on "comer" and "beber" (comic strips) for resubmission. We also went over some exercises with verbs like "gustar" and "encantar" (me gusta vs. me gustan; me encanta vs. me encantan)."
"We used the erase board today to review months, seasons and to learn the different holidays. To review numbers and holidays, I had the student write out what days holidays took place in Spanish. I recommended a couple books that provide good visuals and study resources for Spanish that he can use during the rest of the week and on holidays when we may not meet so he can review words and see as well as read them more often. He also has kept track of his worksheets, notes and notecards with phrases and vocabulary we have learned so far. A good idea to help him practice his Spanish is to start asking and teaching friends and family Spanish words and phrases."
"The student and started to practice her new chapter vocabulary by using the vocabulary in context. I used cues such as "the opposite of" or a "synonym of" or descriptions that guided the student to a particular word on her list. As she grew more comfortable, I asked her open ended questions using the vocabulary or that required her to answer the vocabulary. Next, we incorporated some review of the student's most recent grammar, the subjunctive, by creating sentences using the new vocabulary and the subjunctive tense. Finally, we reviewed the subjunctive in the context of the student's past chapter vocabulary. She had to appropriately put together words to recreate sentences that I had cut apart. The challenge was that each set of words had words that were not included in the sentences. The student successfully tackled each sentence, proving that she clearly understands the syntax and requirements of present subjunctive sentences."
"The student reached out to me for a tutoring session to help her prepare for an oral exam. We worked on the specific questions, basic grammar, and vocabulary that would be useful on her exam. We additionally assessed her pronunciation and general preparedness for the exam. Though she mentioned she both skipped a year and a level of Spanish, she was very proficient, and I look forward to working with her again."
"The student read a new story and translated each sentence. We reviewed vocabulary words that were new. I helped him on his pronunciation as well. We also started a worksheet that had questions about the story."