Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, the student first wanted to talk about conjugations, since this was one of the terms he knew was important, but wasn't exactly sure what it meant. So, we reviewed the difference between the four conjugations, and how the primary difference is in what vowel comes between the verb root and the ending. After this, we started working ahead in the textbook, and I introduced the concept of the genitive case and its meaning. We completed the exercises in the textbook, where he did a good job of adapting to using the genitive, and then we spent the rest of the session going through the first long translation passage in the book."
"The student and I began by discussing the questions he had regarding the exercises and translations he had done since our previous session. After answering these grammar-based questions, we talked about new grammar concepts (the use of ille/illa/illud, forms of sum, compound verbs) and I gave him a few tips for how to determine conjugation and declension numbers. We spent the remainder of our time on a chapter translation. He has strong translation skills and demonstrated a skilled approach to sight-translating long Latin passages."
"Today the student explained her research about alchemy in French manuscripts and in Atalanta Fugiens. We began by reading one of the epigrams from the latter. This exercise was useful in assessing her foundations in Latin grammar. She already has a familiarity with the inflections of Latin. With the Latin Dictionary and my help she was able to produce a coherent translation and understand the nuances of expression in the epigram. We will continue to work with this text at our next session. She will select an epigram for both of us to prepare. Next week I will explain elegiac meter in order to better inform her reading of the text while we translate together. Her research is absolutely fascinating to me and I'm very eager to continue working with her."
"We began with a review of reported speech, and we worked through several practice sentences. After that, we reviewed the subjunctive mood in adverbial clauses. As we worked through various practice sentences in which she would need to decide whether to conjugate a verb in the indicative or subjunctive mood, we also reviewed several other concepts such as the future tense, formation of subjunctive in the verbs "tener" and "venir," and reflexive verbs. What impressed me about her was that, as we worked, she consistently showed an understanding of why a verb would be subjunctive or indicative. I assured her that having that understanding would ultimately be more effective than memorizing all the rules or phrases that possibly introduce subjunctive. At our next session we will continue to practice with conjugating verbs in the subjunctive mood and will also review reflexive vs. reciprocal pronouns and the imperfect subjunctive."
"Today we completed the last of the online course together. We answered facts about different countries, did listening activities and grammar exercises. I really enjoyed working with the student! She was very fun! I was sad that our sessions have ended, actually! She submitted her final exam. I told her to let me know what kind of grade she ends up getting!"
"I feel that the student is really starting to develop his Spanish grammar and vocabulary. He pulled out his flashcards and is going to make a few more and study them through the week."
"Student and I worked on the preterite vs. imperfect and subjunctive vs. indicitive. It was a productive session. We did online quizzes and looked up words/ phrases he did not know. He still struggles with when to use the subjunctive instead of the indictive. I told him about an acronym he could use to determine when the subjunctive is being used. I also told him about a website to practice on. I suggested recording his vocabulary words and listening to them to understand the meaning of the words. I was happy to see him asking more questions and having him understand more about the imperfect and preterite tenses."
"Warmed-up today by answering true or false questions, using several regular verbs in Spanish to continue practicing conjugating. Learned a pivotal lesson on how to identify the gender and plurality of nouns in Spanish. Concluded with learning all the interrogative words in Spanish."
"Today we reviewed the most recent chapter on activities in preparation for an upcoming week of exams. The student has a listening exam, speaking exam, and a written exam next week. We were able to review all the vocabulary, as well as the questions and answers that he will have to say during the speaking test. He said his grade last semester improved from a C to a B+."
"I helped the student to study for his Spanish test on Wednesday. This is on Chapter 4A, and so we covered the main concepts, which were vocabulary, conjugations of IR, days of the week, accent placement, and question words."
"We spent the first part of the session reviewing the vocabulary section for the student's exam the next day. We also covered the grammar portions. he seems to have a good grasp of both the vocabulary section and grammar section of the test. He knows all the material. In the second half, we covered his English test and the novel "Of Mice and Men". Again, he understands the material and he is able to analyze the themes and symbolism with some ease."
"Concepts. Hay, hacer, haber. Grammar. Speaking. Listening. Restaurant scenario. Practiced using flash cards. Went over flash cards and tried to associate words with things he is familiar with. HW. Practice new vocab words. Grammar and listening to Spanish songs and try to understand what they are saying. No grades."