Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, the student had brought home all of her study guides for the midterm exam, including a homework assignment that doubled as a study guide. This assignment covered a collection of short stories in Spanish that had lots of cultural elements in them. We began the session by having her fill in one of the extensive vocabulary lists on the study guide. One of the guides consisted of both regular and irregular verbs. She was able to get through the first part, which asked her to simply translate the infinitive regular verbs. However, we had to turn our attention to the other study guide/homework due to time constraints. It too contained a long list of vocabulary. I had her provide the English translations for her study guide while I read through the story and highlighted the portion of the texts that contained then answers to the comprehension questions. Once we completed the vocabulary list and the reading, we went through the questions and highlighted portions of the story together. In addition, I gave her a lesson on the rules for spoken stresses in Spanish and how she could use those to determine which words contain a written accent. As we read through the text and answered the questions, I would stop when we came to an accented word to further illustrate the rules of when a word should have a written accent. This is very important for her performance on her final, as her teacher takes off 1/4th of a point for every accent that is not in its proper place."
"Today we worked on the alphabet (cancion), 1-20 (los numeros), a puzzle (en espanol) and los colores."
"We finished preparing for the oral test tomorrow. The student practiced listening and speaking skills and went over the grammar and vocabulary for units 6A, 6B, 7A and 7B."
"We reviewed new chapter vocabulary on de vacaciones! The student should beware of stem-changing verbs and make sure to memorize the letters that change. The student did a great job reading the story! Remember, G followed by E or I is pronounced like the Spanish letter J, "la nota." Try to work on a calendar that you can print online, and write down the months and days. Use "por" when talking about a mean of transportation, por autobus, por avion, etc."
"We reviewed numbers and directions, and we worked on directions. We started on family vocabulary and on dates of birth. We added the 12 months of the year. We reviewed asking and answering what time it is. We worked on improving reading, on pronunciations, and on letters that have a double pronunciation. I gave the student a new easy children's fairy tale book, and encouraged her to read it during the week and write down which words and short sentences she understands from the context. We started building on short sentences. She is quick to learn. I encouraged her to work on her own for a half hour every day."
"We reviewed office vocabulary and did a Q&A refresher. We listened to and examined lyrics of "Bonito" by Jarabe de Palo. We went over new conversations similar to those in an office environment. We also learned question words and did an exercise."