Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student asked me to evaluate her knowledge of French and to define what she needs to improve before traveling to France for a summer school. She and her mom wanted to make sure her knowledge of language was comparable to second year of French in high school (French 2). I examined her oral and written expression, her pronunciation and knowledge of grammar through a few different exercises in reading, talking and writing. According to this tutor, she has a much greater fluency of French than students from second year of high school. She can fluently speak French and is able to communicate what she wants to express with no problems. She has a very good French accent. She knows 90% of the vocabulary we worked on. She has a theoretical knowledge of French grammar rules. She will need to work on improving spelling of French words. She should also work on relearning details of French grammar and the use of French prepositions. She agreed to work on those issues in the next few sessions. She asked me to write a reference to her French summer which I will do this weekend."
"This week the student worked on homework she received from her teacher. We watched videos on the superlative and the comparative that her teacher made. The student was able to ask me questions and I clarified some information for her, specifically the articles one uses in the superlative and the different comparisons one can make. I sent her some passages that she can either practice with throughout the week or that we can work on next time."
"We did the imperative, then the negative of imperative, then conjugated regular ER, IR, RE verbs in present, passe compose, and imparfait. We then did the speaking practice, where I still needed to remind her to speak in French, trying to use minimal English as possible."
"The student accomplished a comprehensive review in preparation for an upcoming exam. We covered a great deal of vocabulary, use of past and conditional tenses, and French idiomatic expressions. He has a very firm grasp of the grammar involved and a good memory with the vocabulary! We compiled a study list for more troublesome vocabulary!"
"The student and I began our first session by getting to know each other. He told me about his challenges in the online course, like a lack of an instructor taking him through the material. For the remainder of the session, he and I went through one of his long assignments together. I was able to better understand his strengths and weaknesses. He also seemed to benefit from some simple strategies for French language reading comprehension and pronunciation. We will continue going through these questions in the next session as well as work on more strategies and constructing sentences."
"We went over types of verbs and their roots. We covered infinitives and few irregulars. We then discussed giving commands and forming the imperative in French. Finally, we covered possessives and combining the imperative and possessive in an activity. She excelled as usual, even correctly answering my trick questions. Her progress is immediate and it is apparent she cares about the subject material."