Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we reviewed weather terms, learned to use regular verbs, and practiced sentence structure in speed conversations. Great students, great class."
"As an introductory session, the client outlined his professional and personal experience with Spanish, as well as the tools he uses to practice his Spanish. He said his ultimate goal is to be fluent in conversational Spanish so he can use the language in his travels to Latin America, which are frequent. The client had very specific grammar questions regarding the following topics: 1. the preterit vs. imperfect tenses; 2. reflexive pronouns; and 3. indirect object pronouns. I addressed his questions and we practiced using the different concepts in conversation. Based on his questions, his conversational skills, and his comprehension level, I would say his Spanish is at a 10th grade/Spanish 3 level. I advised him that he may want to look into ordering a Spanish 3 textbook and workbook. The client asked what he should work on if he wants to master the "foundation" of learning Spanish. I advised him to consume Spanish-language media that is of interest to him, especially Spanish-language music. The client requested that, in the future, I informally prepare a few words and phrases relevant to everyday scenarios that we could practice in conversation."
"We began the session by writing a full conversation out of the vocabulary that I gave the student to study last week. Once we wrote out that conversation, I practiced it with him 3 or 4 times orally, so that he could get comfortable with the pronunciation. Then, we went to a Spanish study website to do some more pronunciation practice. We went over all of the vowel sounds. Then, I went over a Spanish phonics exercise with him. In the last part of the session, we went over the first lesson from the Spanish prep book. As he practiced listening and speaking, I took notes so that I know what to converse with him about at our next session."
"The student and I reviewed the concepts introduced in Chapter 3 of his book. It took him a few minutes to remember charts and conjugations, but I think he was feeling more comfortable with it by the end of our session. We'll keep working through the course review so he feels confident for his upcoming test."
"The student did an outstanding job today. We started our session out with a discussion of what he had studied in class last week (more on the uses of the ablative, the second conjugation) and what his teacher had planned for him in class this upcoming week (the third conjugation, both regular and -io). We then launched into our continued handling of his two grammatical justification exercises, and he did a great job on both. We fit in a mini-lesson concerning the substantive. He did outstanding work today."
"The student did excellent work during this session. We did our usual mix of multiple-choice questions and translations, and we just finished all of them (80+ exercises!). We focused a bit less on conditional statements this session, since we had been focusing on that a lot lately."