Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a big presentation tomorrow of reciting her essay about her childhood in front of the class. We have been working on the memorization of the story and the vocabulary, so today we worked on the fine tuning of tempo, pronunciation, and standing up and presenting to an audience. She has her essay completely memorized and she sounds great, so I left her with the homework to present in front of her parents tonight one last time before the big day tomorrow. I think she will nail it!"
"The student and I spent today going over Spanish vocabulary to complete a crossword puzzle. We also recapped the difference between the preterite and imperfect tenses. We later discussed an essay for English that compares and contrasts Ovid's telling of Icarus to the retelling by Sexton."
"The student and I covered both the imperfect tense (including irregulars) and reviewed the preterite tense. I also taught him when and how to use the imperfect versus the preterite tense, as well as how to use both tenses together in a sentence. We then reviewed his new vocabulary for an upcoming test and practiced conjugating verbs in the imperfect tense and writing out practice sentences."
"Concepts covered: masculine and feminine; hotel vocabulary; review of preterite, present perfect, and irregular present tense. The student used a Spanish app to look up verb conjugations and unknown words. She does well with vocabulary and with verb conjugation. Today she was able to answer questions in Spanish in preterite, present perfect, and present tense, all using the correct verb conjugation."
"The student and I went over two sections of homework problems that practiced Ud/uds. commands. We went over the conjugation of familiar vs. informal commands so he could see patterns and irregularities. We then continued our practice with I.O. and D.O. pronouns. He has shown some real improvement in this area, and I'm really very proud of him. The worksheet we have been working with is a bit higher level than what is taught in class. I have been using it so I could see if he truly understands how and why pronouns are used in Spanish, and he was acing the questions. I promised to bring more practice that was more on the level that his teacher would quiz because I don't want him to get too far away from the basics."
"The student completed a homework assignment in preparation for his next exam on verbs in the imperative tense. He did well. He was able to conjugate many verbs by himself. He also seems more relaxed and confident about engaging with me in conversational Spanish. We are still working on vocabulary building. He was able to conjugate many verbs effectively. We made a vocabulary list for reference and discussed etymology of words and recognized cognates. He told me he did well in his last quiz. He seems poised to do well in the next."