Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The client requested more literature, so today we read two Mexican op-ed pieces. The client read each sentence aloud in Spanish before translating it into English. The client's reading comprehension is strong and could identify about 90% of the words and phrases he encountered. He then expressed his reaction to the articles in Spanish. I am noticing that the client seems especially fluent and confident when he is given materials or topics that he cares about."
"Today we went over the errors on the student's previous test. For the most part, her mistakes were consistent. She was placing the reflexive part of the verbs in the wrong place. Then we covered some of the material in the current chapter of her text. This included going over the uses of por and para, and then we reviewed the reflexive mandatos with pronouns. Next time we will go over the details that she needs for her next test."
"The student and I worked on preterite tense worksheets so as to build his familiarity and comfort with the preterite tense, particularly stem-changing and irregular preterite tense verbs. He seems to do well with conjugation, but he still struggles to remember vocabulary words, which makes it difficult for him to correctly conjugate verbs within sentences. As a result, I have asked him to purchase and/or find index cards so that we can begin creating flashcards for him with which to study. We also spent some time reviewing his vocabulary for the upcoming chapter."
"We began the class by going over reflexive verbs in Spanish. We reviewed what makes reflexive verbs distinct from normal verbs and went over some of the most commonly used reflexive verbs having to do with daily routines and movement. Since this was our second to last class, we also focused on reviewing and consolidating with topics we had previously worked on. We practiced ser and estar again and tried to clear up any lingering doubts that he had."
"The student just received a new list of vocabulary words in class this week so we reviewed all of them. I tested her with her flash cards and went over some of the definitions she wasn't sure about. We then reviewed some of the grammar structures we had discussed in previous sessions. At the end she wrote a paragraph using the new words and grammar we reviewed."
"We went over how to say dates, months, times, and years in Japanese. We also went over how to say the time, and we practiced a lot together by saying many examples. We then had basic conversation, and we talked a long time in Japanese. The student's Japanese is getting much better, and she is understanding faster. Japanese numbers and dates counting are very complicated, but she is keeping up really well."