Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I brought some frequency word flash cards for her to practice with while I reviewed some of her homework and her previous writing assignment. We reviewed the homework, and I asked her to take notes with varying new vocabulary words. She did fine on the homework with higher #s, but she made some cursory errors with accents that focused on introductions/greetings, etc. We went on to review the "Favorite Things/colors" composition from last week. She's really demonstrating more comfort and accuracy with writing. When we "quizzed" on the frequency words, she knew the vast majority having reviewed them for a while, which is great. I'll try to get a hold of the remaining cards, but with her demonstration of knowing these and some other fundamentals, I'd really like to bring some basic reading materials that she can practice with. The stumbling block of the cards was ser/estar conjugations. As such, we're going to be reviewing those diligently in the upcoming week, these being the brick building verbs that they are. The homework I gave targeted these issues of these two verbs how to conjugate Ser and when to use them. We also identified the glossary chart where it has the 1st-3rd person conjugations. She says she has to finish vocab cards in the book with examples of phrases for introductions. Also in the book for homework, she'll be expected to learn/review age using "tener _____anos." She has also stated that her Spanish placement test is on August 18 or 19 - her choice."
"We practiced conversation skills while working on the present tense. We focused on the verb ESTAR and reviewed ser vs estar."
"We went over present, present progressive, and preterite tenses. We discussed the projects that are left for the online course and did a quick review of articles."
"The student and I completed our second session today. We briefly reviewed topics from our first lesson and engaged in a mini dialogue to practice greeting someone, making an introduction, and asking where someone is from. We reviewed subject pronouns and reviewed the importance of speaking in the correct register. We had several short dialogues practicing the new vocabulary terms. We then focused the lesson on the verb ser and went over its conjugations. We covered subject/verb agreement and gender/number agreement. We also introduced a few adjectives and talked about how to make common nouns plural. Lastly, we went over different ways to say good-bye. For our next lesson, we will briefly review what we covered today and move on to a more in-depth look at the verb ser."
"The student and I reviewed the lesson from yesterday, and then I introduced how to expand upon discussing time. I introduced some useful vocabulary along with this concept for conversational purposes. The student struggles with recalling numbers occasionally, but it is rare, and he is good at self-correcting. He seems to be comfortable with our material we reviewed, and picked up the new concept very quickly. We talked about how review is very important, and I stressed the use of flashcards, which he is very open to using. I strongly suggested practice, and using what he can in conversation with others before our next session."
"The student and I shifted our focus to basic vocabulary acquisition and we are both happy we did. He has learned and is using various techniques to efficiently add new words to his personal vocabulary. I'm sure that by implementing the techniques we've learned and by utilizing our new book, he can continue to make meaningful progress until we meet."