Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over reflexive verbs (which we had covered last Sunday) and possessive pronouns as a way of preparing for her midterm next week."
"During today's session, the student and I spent the first part of the session reviewing over his index cards and study material. We went through it fairly quickly and I felt that he had been studying more and he definitely showed that he has been improving his Spanish. After we finished reviewing, I gave him a worksheet of problems that I created for him to complete. The worksheet included 15 questions and he had to first choose what tense each verb was being used (either imperfect or preterite). Next he had to define each verb and translate the proper meaning of each of the 15 verbs. I felt that he showed great signs of improvement considering this was the second day that we had been going over the preterite tense. The next portion of the session we spent going over the preterite tense endings for regular -ar verbs and -er/-ir verbs. After much practice, by the end of our session he ended up writing the correct endings to all -ar, -er, and -ir verbs in both the preterite tense and the imperfect tense. I was actually quite pleased and extremely happy how our entire session went and progressed. I felt that he did absolutely great during the entire session and I was extremely cheerful how much he remembered. In my opinion, this was one of our best sessions yet and it felt great because I knew how happy he was that he was learning and remembering the material. It was a great step and we just have to keep it up."
"We reviewed test 1 and the basics for Spanish 1, before we went on to review the preterite tense that will be tested on test 2. I assigned him homework."
"Today, the student and I completed another lesson. We began with a quick conversational review over the date, day of the week, months, and ordinal numbers. We are reinforcing vocabulary terms and regularly using preterite construction in our warm-up questions. We are working together on responding using the correct subject pronoun and using the correct personal ending. He occasionally confuses the subject pronouns when he's asking a question or responding, but working off the sheet has helped him choose the correct conjugation when speaking. We worked on translations today and incorporated verbs from his sheets and flashcards. I've asked him to continue to review his flashcards on his own to help build his vocabulary base."
"Today's lesson with the student went well. We continued with the model that we've established, which is to go back to basics and make sure that we have a firm grasp of the concepts before we move on to more complex things. Today, we reviewed ser and estar. We covered what their various conjugations are, and we spent a great deal of time discussing the different situations in which we use one or the other. We finished up that unit with several exercises to demonstrate the difference between ser and estar. After that, I gave the student a worksheet that focused on the present and preterite use of the verb poder. It was a very good lesson."
"Today's session was to practice superlatives in Spanish. I explained the similarities between Spanish and English in this topic. After that, I explained the differences. I let the student practice with some examples, translating from English to Spanish. She was a little confused, but I redirected her and finished the translation in a right way. After these exercises, I let her answer some sentences with some blanks so she could fill in the right word, all in Spanish. She was a little bit confused, but I helped her to find the right word out. She needs to study her Spanish vocabulary to have those words fresh in her mind so she can use them when necessary."