Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Our sessions are going really well. The student is very prepared and always comes ready to work. Today we read the newspaper and talked about her weekend and the activities she did."
"In this tutoring session we expanded on the conjugation forms of "SER". It is a challenging topic because the student is starting to learn the correct uses for this verb and building on his knowledge of Spanish. Last week we focused on the third person masculine, and the feminine of this verb. In addition to this, this week we finished up the rest of conjugations for this verb. Also, we studied more vocabulary that relates to personal descriptions, nationalities, and the time. These are very useful when using the verb "SER", that is often mistaken with "Estar". We worked on several exercises reinforcing this, and we reviewed past vocabulary words learned last week. His homework is to study the new vocabulary we learned on this session and to write the date for every day in Spanish. I asked him to do this because we learned how to write and tell the date in Spanish a few weeks back, and he is still having trouble remembering. So, I thought it would be helpful to have him write the date for every day this week."
"We continued working on preterite vs. imperfect. We introduced direct object pronouns, comparative pronouns, and shopping vocab."
"The student and I completed our seventh session today. We did a brief review over lesson 6 and practiced a mini-dialogue. We are continuing to introduce a lot of new vocabulary each session, and we are introducing phrases and verbs in terms of similar grouping. We again talked about the importance of gender in Spanish and how the articles match in number and gender with their modifiers. We are also working on how to ask and respond to a question with the correct register and correct personal verb ending. She is becoming more comfortable expressing himself in Spanish and understanding me at a standard speaking pace."
"The student and I spent most of the session reviewing the present, past, imperfect, future, and conditional tenses with a large verb review. We worked on high frequency verbs that she will be seeing in her Spanish Level II course this fall. We spent the remainder of the session working on a reading comprehension activity that required her to use context clues to decipher the meaning of reading passages."
"The student and I spent the entire time on going over his LA essay on "Things Everyone Knows." He came up with the paradigm of conceiving things that exist across socioeconomic, cultural, and geographic borders and then comparing/contrasting the ways that he and those other people would relate to them. He does well in thinking of ideas, and I think it really helps him to be able to bounce them off of someone in order to fully form them."