Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Had a great session with this student. We went over her second essay for her new class. She is improving her writing skills which does take time. We continue to make progress and the sessions move forward. She has more work to be done for our next lesson. She is also working on her listening skills through listening to audio selections from websites that I provided her."
"The student and I began by discussing her next week's plans in French. I then had her reread a poem from the previous week's session so that I could listen to her pronunciation. She pronounced it well and maintained a natural rhythm! I then had her take a quiz that I wrote up on the art vocabulary. The last question was a more descriptive, essay style question. However, since the quiz was more orally-based, I had her take two minutes to write notes and then dictate her response to me. For next time, I'll send her a new vocabulary list pertaining to literature. I want to keep focusing on having her speak for long periods of time with words that she's familiar with. Hopefully this will allow her to become more confident in forming sentences."
"During this session, the student and I focused on reading comprehension and reviewing all the tenses we covered in the last four weeks of tutoring, including present, passe compose, imparfait, conditionnel, conditionnel passe, future anterior, subjunctive, and subjunctive past. She struggled most with reading comprehension and speaking in complete sentences -- however, the material we read was a little above her French reading level so some difficulty was to be expected. Her attitude during the session was focused. The main tip I gave in this session was the difference between tense and mood, and to help her better visualize this concept, I drew a chart that showed the relationship between the two (i.e. how tense and mood can both be present when using French; subjunctive is not a tense, it is a mood). She said the chart helped her better understand the subjunctive vs. indicative moods. I do believe that the student greatly improved her French speaking abilities from our first session."
"In this session the student and I had a lot to work through! We had a few sample verb quizzes, an email she had written, and questions she brought in. We worked through her verb conjugations -- I think she just needs to go more with her instincts, actually! That's sort of unusual. She is spotting where there are issues, and always said, "That's what I thought!" She is learning more and more high-level/ low-frequency verbs, and so the formation of the tenses needs to be seamless. It also seems that she's not clear on when to use certain tenses... so we will work on that together next time. I asked her to keep up her good work-- she is clearly pretty invested in French now. It's great to see!"
"The student and I introduced ourselves to each other and set goals to accomplish for the current semester. She seemed to have difficulties speaking the language I believe because she has not practiced it in a long time. She is very smart and shows dedication to learning and discovering new things."
"The student and I first spent time reviewing vocabulary for a quiz this week (professions, as well as the French education system). We then reviewed some grammar concepts commonly used with this vocabulary theme. Next we used a reading passage as a jumping off point for conversation in French. We then worked through a verb chart, reviewing all learned tenses of the verb pouvoir. Finally, we spent some more time reviewing for her quiz this week."