Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered reflexive verbs and worked on describing daily routines and using reflexive verbs in the yo form. Then we did some listening practice and reading practice, which involved practice with regular and irregular AR verb conjugations, and worked on some of the student's homework."
"The student and I covered more examples of the verb "to be" in the first and second person pronouns. We discussed prepositions to help her construct full sentences. Overall it was a great session."
"Today we had our first test on personal pronouns and the student got a perfect score! Today we started studying the regular verbs in the present tense, starting with the verbs ending in -ar. We started off with three verbs: comprar, estudiar, hablar and mainly focused on food vocabulary to form sentences. For homework, exercises on page xxi B and D and also page 26 A and B. He is doing very well. He is very motivated, studying the material, practicing his Spanish at work, and labeling vocabulary items at home."
"Went over homework, flash cards, verb tenses, adjectives, practice speaking scenarios. Student was eager to learn Tried more scenarios like at school, restaurant, store. Listen to more Spanish music and write down what he tough he understood. Homework is to go over vocabulary, and grammar learned plus listen and try to practice speaking Spanish during his vacation in Florida. Concerns: Student will be off from lessons for a week, might affect his retention if he doesn't practice any Spanish during that week."
"Today we covered his upcoming course work. He informed me that his Spanish test was pushed back due to class wide poor performance on the last quiz, which he did better than a large majority of his class. We then went over his Spanish. It was review for vocabulary and grammar. After completing his Spanish review, I quizzed him on vocabulary and grammar. He's quickness and ability to put multiple grammar concepts together has improved with each session. He also suggested writing a paragraph to help him prepare for his test."
"We started a new chapter. I explained to the student the rules to form commands, also the irregular conjugations for formal commands, by using a cha cha cha song and TPR. I used commands with direct and indirect object pronouns and explained the different way to place them if they are affirmative or negative. We practiced by writing sentences."
"Today we practiced our vocabulary for body parts from weeks ago so we could incorporate them with pains and remedies from the previous lesson. After we played a game for practice we wrote down more problems and remedies. Then we each acted out a situation with three problems. The kids took turns giving advice to the hurt person in Spanish. At the end, we played a basketball game for review."
"After reviewing and clarifying the vocabulary of making comparisons, we drilled some verb conjugations (including the conditional and gerund). The student requested that we jump ahead a bit an dive into the past tense, which will help him communicate with colleagues. I introduced both the preterit and imperfect tense, and we went over when to use each. We then practiced these conjugations with translations and discussed scenarios where they are used. At the end, we practiced conversation. I asked him to complete exercises in Chapter 8 and he is going to work on some verb exercises in a book that he has purchased."
"We finished reviewing for the student's test today. We finished discussing indirect object pronouns and their placement in sentences with verbs that take infinitives, present progressive verbs, and commands. The concept clicked a lot faster today than yesterday, and he showed with the practice exercise that he was getting the hang of it. We finished with a vocabulary review using family tree "riddles" (family members are one of the vocabulary themes being tested). He had a really good grasp on how to read the riddles and answer correctly."
"The student and I studied for her test on indirect and direct pronouns. We went over her study guide that she had gotten today in class and clarified any confusion. I gave her practice questions using the present progressive, formal commands, and indicative conjugations with the pronouns. She really seems to understand the topic. At the end of the session we listened to a Spanish song to help with comprehension and translated the lyrics. Good luck tomorrow!"
"I prompted the student with a lot of different Spanish questions, so she was able to practice and talk a lot. Along the way I gave her corrections and we went over some grammar. While talking, we focused on the past tenses as she told about certain plots of TV shows - and she told stories strictly in the past tense; again we went over some corrections and vocab along the way. Our grammar today was briefly Spanish past subjunctive and then mostly present and past perfect, and she did well with those! She did really well especially with telling stories in the past tense."
"Today we went over more of the preterite tense and practiced vocabulary. I left the student with work to transform the verbs he already knows into preterite tense, and we introduced the idea of mini-projects."