Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I continued going over the material on her review sheet for her test tomorrow. We practiced using some vocabulary about hobbies, and also did sample exercises using possessive pronouns and irregular past-tense verb conjugation, placing special emphasis on distinguishing between like-sounding verbs. We discussed ways she can break down these exercises into smaller steps to ensure that she understands what is being asked of her. We practiced who/what/where/when/how questions and answers, and she was able to answer in complete sentences without being prompted to do so. At the end of the session, I went over the topics she had the most difficulty with during today's session, and she agreed to continue to study them before her exam with some flashcards."
"We added four new phrases which were specific to working with an issue with a machine. I will send the student a new recording of the list of phrases so that he will be able to practice on his own."
"For our first session today, I had a great time meeting the student and discussing her motivations for learning Spanish. She travels a lot and would like to connect with different people when she travels. She mentioned learning Spanish in high school so a bit of our sessions will be reviewing and talking about concepts. Familiarity definitely helps but she also has a timeline as well. I have sent her many online resources, as well as discussed music and conversational groups. I recommended a handful of books that could be useful for her during her learning experience. We discussed feminine and masculine nouns, singular vs. plural, and question words. Along with the question words we looked at phrases I wrote on an erase board that go with each question word. I am meeting with her again this week and hope to set up a schedule that is two or three times a week during the midweek. I look forward to working with the student who is an inquisitive and motivated student!"
"We revisited how to tell time and went over the new subject of the days of the week. I asked several questions about what day the student did certain activities and what time they started. This gave him a chance to practice telling time and the days of the week. I have given him a specific study routine, to read anything I write down in the session on his own piece of paper, and anything he writes down on that piece of paper. He is to read it each day, out loud, to practice his written, reading, and spoken Spanish. After a short review, he remembered how to correctly tell time. We practiced how to form sentences for specific questions related to the days of the week or time. He is to write a sentence for each of his special classes about what day he attends them to be read to me on Thursday."
"We started out by reviewing the vocabulary words from the beginning of the week and making sentences describing family members with the adjectives. Then, we reviewed how to do comparisons with adjectives and practiced making sentences with that. Then we reviewed how to do superlatives and practiced making sentences and she said she didn't know what her homework on superlatives was asking so we reviewed that. Then we reviewed comparisons and superlatives with verbs and practiced. She should be all ready for her quiz on Friday. She was really starting to get it by the end, but she does need to keep reviewing vocabulary constantly (which is why we were practicing). We practiced using verbs we studied last week and she didn't remember what they meant."
"We went over what she already knows, which is quite a lot and we also spent some time working on the preterite tense. She is struggling with nothing at all at this point. She is definitely very intent on learning more Spanish. I asked her to study the preterite tense of irregular verbs before our next session. She is more advanced than she hinted originally."