Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Introduced more regular -ER verbs and practiced conjugating them and translating sentences aloud. Practiced conversation using clothing vocabulary and began studying food/drink vocabulary."
"For psychology I suggested for the student to study 1-2 chapters per day (depending on when the exam is scheduled). To study she can make review flashcards off of the notes the teacher provides. She can also look at chapter quizzes and perhaps her teacher provided a final review packet? She should focus on key concepts and vocab and maybe a little on theorists. My plan for Spanish is to help her understand how to conjugate verbs. Each verb behaves differently and the only way to learn these patterns is just to drill them. I've asked her to review the 12 verbs she learned today. I will also need to work with her on the vocab from each chapter and to teach her the command forms of the verbs (which unfortunately can be quite tricky). There are a lot of other grammar concepts that we'll work on as we work through the final review packet her teacher gave her."
"This was my first meeting with the student. She is a very sweet, intelligent girl. We covered many different areas that included the following : por vs. para, conjugating regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, past tense and conditional tense, Spanish commands, preterite vs. imperfect, and direct vs. indirect objects. I gave her an assignment in a workbook that she had dealing with imperfect and preterite tense. We are going to review her work tomorrow at our next session. I told her I was also going to bring more exercises tomorrow for us to work on in these areas."
"During this session, the student and I covered the differences between the nominative, accusative and dative cases. We also discussed sentence structures and word order. I think that he has kept a positive attitude throughout our sessions even though German grammar can be a bit overwhelming at the beginning. I suggested that he memorize the conjugation tables in order to correctly structure sentences. However, I could tell that he had practiced since the last appointment because he is constantly asking questions about grammar and pronunciation. All in all, I think that the student is making good progress towards grasping the language."
"For our first lesson, we covered the alphabet and pronunciation. We did greetings, learned about conjugations of verbs, talked about the different ways to say 'the'. We learned some vocabulary by reading a couple simple texts in the book. A huge amount of progress for a first lesson! His beginning pronunciation is great. The important thing at this point is regular practice of sounds and words!"
"I asked some questions and gave the student a few practice exercises based on sports in order to see what she already knew. I have a much better idea now of the type of materials we will need and how to plan future lessons. She did very well when reading from a story book, and I suggested she prepare some simple sentences about what she likes to do, continue reading in the book, and write down vocabulary words to work on. I also left the worksheet I prepared with vocabulary relating to sports and the Olympics. We'll meet again in two weeks."