Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We submitted lesson four and worked on lesson five of his online course. We learned reflexive verbs and practiced vocabulary."
"Reviewed for an oral and written skills test tomorrow involving aspects of describing family members. Listed several adjectives and family vocab, as well as conjugation of 'ser' and 'tener'."
"I had the student complete some exercises from his textbook to see where his strengths/ weaknesses were. His class is currently working on sports vocabulary and being introduced to stem-changing verbs. I noticed that he is doing well in keeping up with the vocabulary and had good overall reading comprehension. He also is not afraid to speak out loud and actually prefers talking over writing, which is rare in second language learning. As far as areas of improvement go, I noticed that he was having some difficulty with conjugating verbs, particularly verbs like "gustar" or "interesar" which require an indirect object. Once I explained the difference in meaning of these types of verbs to him, however, he was better able to conjugate them in the sentences. Since this was our first session, I wanted to just get a feel for where he is at this point. Once I start working with him more, I will leave him with extra exercises to work on that we can discuss at the next session. He is a quick learner and I feel confident that we will make some decent progress over the next few months."
"Specifically in this second session, we conversed in Spanish 80% of the time. For the most part, this was intentional because we had very important topics to cover. The student told me all about his business trip. I'd drafted a half dozen questions that focused on him sharing details including places visited, the business purpose of his journey, a reflection upon his accomplishments, and his considerations for possible return- both in a professional/personal capacity. It was VERY interesting and an outstanding way for him to tie in his conversational Spanish. We then returned to reading the biographical article on Jose Burciaga. He finished reading and translating it. Finally, I shared my desire to begin studying in his Spanish book on Chapter 5 w/a focus on seasons, geography, weather and some review grammatical areas. He said this was good because on his own he'd already reviewed chapters 1-4."
"Student started studying chapter of vocab for cumulative test Wednesday and wrote "story" including vocab from 4 of the chapters."
"Prepared for Spanish final exam. Focused on verb conjugation, common grammar mistakes, and essay composition. Also some vocab."