Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I am continuing to work with him on final exam preparation. Again this evening we worked on a story in paragraph form in which he had to replace the infinitive form of the verb given into either the passe compose or imparfait depending on the context. He did improve from last week. He continues to give his best effort during our sessions."
"We began by correcting the homework. After that, we went one last time over when to use the subjunctive tense, to make sure that that was clearer. Then we moved on to discussing the past tense versus the past perfect tense. After a brief review of the concepts, we went through some exercises, first on when to use which tense, then on both when and how to use both tenses. The student picked up on this very quickly and seemed to have a very solid grasp of this by the end. Finally, we then went over question formation in French."
"The student and I continued his review of fundamental French skills. Our objective was the passe compose of regular verbs and recognizing that the past perfect is composed of 2 parts: the auxiliary verb (avoir) and the past participle of the second verb. I gave him a slideshow to review with examples, did some guided practice and left him to do some exercises on his own via the languages website and 2 exercises in the textbook."
"During our first session, we discovered different topics. First, I showed the student a list of vocabulary words and French expressions to see how large his vocabulary is. Based on the list, we started a conversation in French. Then, I gave him some materials to read. His conversation and reading skills are very good. After the reading session, we reviewed topics such as conjugation of the verbs to be and to have in the present tense and future tense, the accents, the ending of nouns, and homonyms. Additionally, we did multiple exercises regarding these topics."
"Today the student and I went over verb conjugations in the present tense, the passe compose, and the imparfait. We also did pronunciation of the conjugations; she did very well with both the written and oral parts, she keeps improving with both speed and quality! We then moved on to translating sentences from English to French. The first set of sentences were for her to write in present and in the negative. The second set were for her to write in the passe compose and in the negative. The student did extremely well with both sets of sentences; she wasn't expecting that, but she really did great! The student asked for recommendations for short books in French to read and so we went over that as well as some movies that she could look into."
"We have been continuing to work on the passe compose with etre and avoir as well as vocabulary and conversation. The student learns quickly. She is progressing very nicely."
"The student did her homework, which was reading comprehension questions in her text book about some pages on Martinique. She took it one question at a time. After her homework, we spent about 15 minutes reviewing adjective gender agreement."
"This session the student and I covered a passage her teacher gave her about parkour and the Yamakazis. She is working on her reading comprehension, especially using context clues instead of relying so heavily on translating tools."
"Student and I went over the complements of direct and indirect objects and y and en, as well as the order they should go in (what parts of the sentence are replaced and where the replacements should be inserted). She is very strong at identifying the different parts of the sentence and manipulating the pieces--she is very attuned to the mechanics. Her accent is getting much better too!"
"We went over some listening exercises to practice for the state assessment test. The student found it much easier when he could see the script. I helped him come up with strategies for the exercises, like listening for keywords."
"The student and I covered reflexive verbs again and went over reading comprehension questions for a book that she is reading in class."
"The student and I went over the different uses of savoir and connaitre, imperfect verbs, possessive adjectives, interrogative and demonstrative adjectives, and sentence comprehension. He struggled a bit at the imperfect verbs, but that's expected when going over a new subject introduced in his class. He got the hang of it after practicing, using such tricks as remembering that there's an "i" in the nous and vous forms which can be connected to the "i" in imperfect. He did well on the possessive adjectives, using such outlets as English (my=mon/ma), French pronouns (tu=ton/ta),and Latin (suus=son/sa). He did an excellent job on the other special adjectives we went over, and he was able to use that knowledge to better understand random sentences from his book. We practiced with sentence comprehension by using a process of elimination technique to tackle words he was unsure about in the sentences. He did a very nice job when I asked him to explain the different parts of the sentences, and I was impressed about how well he explained each part's function. Since he doesn't feel confident about breaking down sentences he's never seen, I'll make sure there's a section of our time dedicated to that."