Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student hasn't started school yet, but he had the book and workbook for his Spanish class in the fall. We started with lesson 1 of the book and the workbook, which consisted of greetings, meeting and introducing people, and saying goodbye. We first went through the vocab (he said it in Spanish and then told me what he thought it meant in English while I covered the translation). After working through that, we did the first page in the workbook. It used the vocab we just went over and was in complete the sentence/ conversation format. There were small example conversations using the vocab as well, so we went through that next. We played the parts of the people and then went through translating it. We continued with conversations awhile including conversations within a movie clip typed out in the text. He did the exercises associated with the movie clip (true or false, filling in the blanks). He did very well with trying to not look for the answer and trying to remember it instead (so that he learned the vocab quicker). At the end of the session, we did a quick review of definite and indefinite articles with some exercises associated with it. He knew exactly what they were."
"This was our first introductory session. I met the student and family, and we began to discuss goals for our sessions. He expressed concerns about remembering vocabulary. We reviewed the vocabulary sheets that were provided by his teacher for this week. After he mentioned that he would be having a test this Thursday, we began to practice conjugations for reflexive verbs (including a few stem changing). We will continue to work on remembering the verbs. He also mentioned being a visual learner, so we worked on a format that he can use to visualize the conjugations. We also took a few minutes (which we will continue to do) for simple conversation and oral practice. As a result, our main goals will be usage/grammar and vocabulary."
"We reviewed the student's mistakes on the test he took at school. I gave him study tips for vocabulary and corrections to his notes."
"We mainly did review of previous lessons involving questions, -ar verbs, and classroom objects/school vocabulary. Before the session, I prepared a short paragraph which I read out loud to the student, who then transcribed it in Spanish, and then translated it to English. I encouraged him to continue working on his pronunciation, noting that Spanish words most similar to English words can present some difficulty to first-time Spanish learners. We also practiced pronunciation of words with accents. He does well with pronunciation after some practice, and his review of definite/indefinite articles and plurals was very successful. He showed me previous quizzes, and he has done well on his class materials."
"We mostly covered Spanish grammar and vocabulary by working through the student's Spanish essay. He was well-prepared and well-versed in the topic. He just needed a bit more help on the more specific points."
"We played a game with new vocabulary words. We sang a song with vocabulary of animals and locations (alligator, elephant and chicken) (forward, behind, next to). Greeted people at different times of the day."