Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we reviewed various topics covered on the review sheet for the student's final, reviewing participles and deponents, adjective and noun agreement, and other topics. I answered questions on the portions that were giving her trouble, while some other sections she knew were just a question of studying more to memorize."
"We went through all the vocabularies and definitions, first and second conjugation, present active infinitive, and present active imperative. The student had already learned all this material, so it was all review."
"The student has worked his way through result clauses and is on his way to mastering conditional constructions. The second translation in Chapter 43 is an unfiltered Horace poem, and he did a great job working through it! I imagine that these more complicated translations are frustrating at times, but the more Latin he reads, the easier it will become to break apart clauses and dissect complex sentences. He appears to have a firm grasp of simple fact and contrary-to-fact conditionals. Future-more-vivid and future-less-vivid are often more difficult to recognize and are more awkward to translate, but his exercise work was very well executed. There is more Horace poetry to come in Chapter 44!"
"The student and I studied the first three declensions of nouns. She has a test coming up. She practiced memorizing these endings, and then we discussed way in which she can better remember them, including test taking and practicing before school."
"Today the student worked on and finished his homework assignment for the week. He was very attentive today as he always is. He went through the different sections of the homework choosing the correct answers and translating the passages."
"He did not have any assignments, so we spent an hour on Spanish. I took a passage from his Spanish textbook and asked him to translate it aloud and then underline all the verbs in the passage. I introduced him to the concept of regular ar, er, and ir verbs. I gave him an example of each type of verb conjugated in the present tense and asked him to conjugate a regular verb on his own. I then asked him to identify in what person the verbs in the passage were conjugated. We also went over the irregular present-tense conjugations of ser and estar."
"Wrote out more useful phrases and did flashcard exercises. The student was thankful for the lessons we had together. He has been a great student."
"The student read ch.7 of "Los Piratas" and answered 2 pages of worksheet questions about the chapter. She continues to improve in her fluidity of reading Spanish. She says she doesn't comprehend it all, but it doesn't show when she's reading. I told her to feel free to ask me about anything she doesn't understand and I will help her. She is caught up on her work in Spanish so far, but will have work to catch up on the 3 weeks she is at the Mayo clinic. Hopefully her teacher will send her more work this week that we can work on next Saturday together. I asked her how studying Spanish during the week is going and she said she continues to use an app, which is a great review tool, and that she did some vocabulary review worksheets which help the vocabulary of the units stay fresh in her mind."
"We got a head start on this coming week's homework, which involved a lot of vocabulary (specifically music related) and listening sections. The student has made vast improvements on his listening and reading comprehension."
"This was a good session. We began by exploring the direct object pronouns in Spanish(me, te, lo/la, nos, os, Los/las). These will be before the subject such as lo yo compro(I buy it). We also looked at cases when you have one conjugated and one infinitive verb in a sentence you may attach the DOP: Yo quiero comprarlo.(I want to buy it). Once we practiced this concepts repeatedly we looked at our new vocab. This week foods and restaurants were introduced. We reviewed words like potato(patata), waiter(camarero), and to eat breakfast(desayunar)."
"Today we started with a review of some homework I gave her to complete on her own. I went over it and saw some verb conjugation errors which I pointed out and had her correct. We then reviewed the usual previous material before moving on. For this session, I introduced the conjugation of regular ER and IR verbs in the present tense. I had her take notes and we practiced some examples from a worksheet I gave her which also introduced some new vocabulary. After that, we went over some possessive adjectives and their uses."
"Preterite/Imperfect and an intro to the resources we are using. Need to focus future sessions more on conversation, conversation, conversation! Great progress and very exciting to move forward."