Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was our first session, so we talked about the student's goals for Spanish, which were simply passing Spanish and summer school. We talked about his personal learning style (applied learning, visual) and different techniques for Spanish studying. Because he enjoys video games, I provided some websites with vocabulary and conjugation games for him to practice this week. I pretested him with a standard Spanish I test to see what his previous learning, and his level. He said he wanted to focus on conjugating verbs. Went over conjugated regular verbs in the present indicative, and how this is similar how we plug different variables into math equations (math is his best subject, so I thought it would be good to make this comparison). Because his goal is just to pass, and then be done with Spanish, we talked about Spanish language resources he will get from his teacher, and topics for our next session."
"We went over her online class: Section 3. Transportation vocabulary. Present and past tense and pronunciation."
"We started off the session by reviewing the new vocabulary that was introduced to the student in the textbook on the house (furniture, rooms of house, appliances, etc.). To do this, we played hangman. Then, he had to unscramble letters to create the vocabulary word that the letters represent. Next, I gave notes to him on a few irregular verbs in the present tense (dar, decir, oir & venir). He wrote two sentences using a variety of subject pronouns for each verb. He stated that he didn't really remember these irregular verbs, so encouraged him to study the notes that I created for him on them. Next, he completed a worksheet on conjugating words in a sentence into the present tense. The worksheet contained regular as well as irregular present tense verbs. He did pretty well with this. There were a few verbs that I had to remind him of the spelling changes. We then went on to review the conjugation of a verb into the subjunctive for regular and irregular verbs. I went on to explain when the subjunctive is used versus the indicative or the infinitive. So far, his teacher only touched on 2 circumstances in which one would use the subjunctive. I covered the rest of the reasons with him and he completed a worksheet in which he had to decide whether or not to use a subjunctive, indicative or infinitive to complete a sentence and then actually conjugate the verb. Considering that this was the first time that he was introduced to this, he did pretty well. I noticed that he has good pronunciation in Spanish. I gave him a conjugation worksheet to complete for homework and also encouraged him to continue to go through the index cards that we created with new vocabulary."
"The student and I reviewed Chapters 6 and 7 from his text in preparation for his upcoming exam. I recommended that he spend some time on participles and ablative absolutes before his test. He seems pretty comfortable with most of the information, though, and I think he'll do well on his final. Good luck!"
"The student busied himself successfully today; his recall of topics covered last year is good! We actively reviewed the pronouns ego, tu, and is/ea/id; the pronoun-adjectives hic and ille; and the relative pronoun qui/quae/quod. We then looked at adjectives of the 1st-2nd declension and those of the 3rd declension, followed by an exercise from the textbook. We looked also at a handful of irregular adjectives (unus, ullus, uter, alter, etc.) which have odd endings in the genitive and dative singular. To finish, he translated at sight, with just a bit of guidance from me, a short reading passage from the textbook on the first labor of Hercules. Next week, we will resume our Monday and Wednesday sessions and follow our established routine of working on homework for the coming days, preparing for tests, and filling small gaps as necessary. I will also emphasize the sight readings, which will become the most important skill as the school year progresses."
"The student did a fantastic job today! Wow, did we get a lot done today. We did a thorough review of the functions of the cases and the formation of the cases in the first declension. We then launched into a thorough review of the five characteristics of verbs in Latin, including a review of the two "systems" of Latin verbs, the present system and the perfect system. The idea for these sessions during the summer will be a thorough review of Latin 1 for him in order to arm him as well as possible for Latin 2 come this fall. We're off to a great start toward that goal."