Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the student's past assignments (verbs of the ar conjugation, "gustar," and its use with adverbs, such as "mucho" and "nada", when answering yes/no questions). Then we reviewed "estar + localizacion" for his quiz tomorrow. He wrote three short paragraphs using different prepositions (first with 6, then with 6 more, finally with 15). He used the vocabulary we studied together yesterday (el cuaderno, la lampara, las servilletas, etc.)."
"We went over the student's class presentation (he did well-95 percent), and then prepared for next week."
"The student came prepared with a rough draft of a project he's completing for school over his family tree. We went over the mistakes and then continued on to new vocabulary in the chapter he's covering in school. We discussed some of the things he feels he's struggling with the most in class and then went over those topics as well. This included numbers and question words. We finished the session by practicing reading comprehension."
"Today we reviewed verb conjugations, and also sang several songs to reinforce correct conjugation. The basis for the vocabulary review was the student's flash cards, which included some new verbs. I left student with "Ven conmigo" as a trial, to see if the text seems appropriate."
"This was our very first lesson. The student has a test on Monday or Tuesday, and needs help understanding the study guide that is written completely in Spanish. The study guide is about the history and culture of Spain. The student and I worked together to translate the study guide. I then quizzed her understanding of the material, in addition to review of Spanish Vocabulary and pronunciation."
"Today we started, as we always do, with a grade check. His lowest grade is in Language Arts, where he has a 78. The student told me that he is waiting for the teacher to put in a grade on a poster he did on idioms, and that grade will go up. If it does, he will have all A's and B's in his classes. He worked on a book summary for his English class. He read "Elephant Run" over the past month, and tonight we worked on a worksheet about plot, setting, and point of view, and then what the main character's point of view was during the beginning, middle and end of the story. He then went online and did a review of the book, including a summary, whether he liked it and why, and a recommendation as to who should read the book. Next, we worked on Spanish vocabulary. He did better this time, getting 70 percent of the words. I gave him the website and told him he could practice on his own, and also to watch 10 minutes of Spanish news to a day or every other day to start to get used to the speed of the language. We then worked on social studies, where he had to make a packet describing the six parts of the preamble to the Constitution, with a picture and a quote for each. He was always on task and used electronics appropriately and educationally. He is taking pride in his work and his father is very happy with his progress."