Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I started the session working with the student. I am re-incorporating reading comprehension and translation exercises into my work with the student, which I had previously abandoned. The student and I worked on a translation exercise he had for homework, and I assigned him homework: (1) keeping his Spanish notebook organized and (2) working on the website for 15 minutes everyday."
"We reviewed vocabulary that we have been learning for some time. Worked on communication skills and began introducing the differences between 'ser' and 'estar.' Also, began learning vocabulary related to the land, earth etc. etc. The student is doing a great job and is clearly becoming more fluent in the language. The student and I are working on her remembering the words and really just communicating more. I help her to tap into her previous knowledge or understanding of the language by initiating the first syllable of the word and then having her finish it. I left her with some homework to do in a Spanish book that is designed for beginning learners. She was asked to correct an essay she wrote the last time we had session and complete an exercise on 'ser' and 'estar'. We also reviewed homework that she completed the week before on new vocabulary words related to nature. She is doing great and has a wonderful attitude towards learning new material."
"We spent the hour talking about the differences between preterit and imperfect tenses and their conjugations."
"Today we practiced how to tell time, including how to say "quarter til" and "quarter after," and on the half hour, like 7:30. The girls understood the concept pretty quickly; just like with most lessons, they will just need to practice it a bit on their own time as well. We also learned how to enter time into sentences, such as, "I will fly to Germany at 7 AM tomorrow." They were very receptive to the material and are always enthusiastic."
"We had a massive session today! We covered a lot of ground. We went over accusative/dative usage, talked about different prepositions that prefer one case or take two depending on meaning, and introduced different verbs that prefer accusative/dative depending on meaning. Then, we began to talk about the simple past tense / perfekt tense: ich habe gemacht and ich bin gegangen, and the different verbs which take sein/haben in the past tense."
"We learned how to present other people and talk about their occupation, residence, marital status, and family situation. We also discussed word order in German sentences with one main verb and with two verbs (a modal and a main verb). We learned how to nominalise verbs in German, and ventured out into some preliminary explanation about the use of the dative case with the preposition "in.""