Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Lesson with the student: I taught the student how to tell time in German today. There are three ways to tell time, the third being the way they tell time colloquially in southern Germany and Austria. The third way is the most confusing, so he had a little bit of difficulty grasping the concept. The other two were fairly simple for him. One was the 24-hour method; the other was the colloquial 12-hour method. I gave him various numerical times and asked him to express each one in each of the three methods as practice. Lesson with second student: I taught her the nominative, accusative, and dative cases today. We spent the majority of the lesson creating a reference chart with the pronouns. I also created an additional chart to show possessive nouns that forms for each pronoun. In the nominative form, masculine and neuter possessive pronouns are the same, whereas feminine and plural possessives are the same. I also created a chart to show possessive accusative forms. We ended the lesson by learning how to tell time in German using the three methods."
"The student and I have gone over many important things in the past few sessions, and I have been drilling him hard on prepositions, verbs with separable prefixes, and also forming past participles. This will continue to be the protocol for the rest of the semester."
"In this session, we covered topics related to hobbies, our children, and career aspirations, and held a conversation in German. By doing so, we accumulated new vocabulary and reviewed some grammar such as forming the past tense (simple and present perfect) in German."
"We spent time reviewing material to study for the student's summer text to move up a class. I then reviewed the conditional tense, and the student practiced this tense on the Spanish website. I then observed the student complete lessons and helped with unknown vocabulary. The last 20 minutes were spent conversing in Spanish."
"We started reviewing for the student's final Spanish tests. He is taking two. One will check his oral skills. Today, he answered the questions that were given to him by the teacher so that he could practice. I reviewed his answers, making sure that he was using the preterite and imperfect tenses correctly."
"We talked about verb conjugation and specifically focused on the conditional form, as that is his new unit. There were some minor issues with pronunciation, which we talked about. I wrote an email after our session including some notes about that and other vocab that was new from our lesson. The email also had links to exercises that would reinforce the verb tense the student is working with. We talked about his learning style preferences and how to change things in the future. He's going to add some sketches to help him remember words or look for English words with similar spelling."