Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed lessons from her current unit (sports and activities/gustar/saber vs conocer), and I suggested that she create flashcards for her previous units (numbers/pronouns/-ar verbs). I believe a little independent practice when she has free time would help get her up to speed."
"Today we started with a review of previous material: the Spanish alphabet, months, days, seasons, numbers, and family vocabulary. The student is showing improvement in remembering this material but still needs more practice to able to have it all committed to memory. We then went over some activities out of a workbook which introduced some new vocabulary in context with some reading practice. As these activities have introduced many new words, I suggested that she make flash cards and study them. We will continue to work on the activities and new vocabulary."
"During this session I reviewed the homework the student completed for this session and I made a few grammatical corrections. The subjunctive conjugations were all correct. I then had her complete a couple of worksheets so that she can continue to expand her verb vocabulary. For homework I asked her to write sentences with the verbs that were reviewed in this session, and to review other verbs."
"Today we studied the definite (el, la, los, las) and indefinite articles (un, una, unos, unas) and how their use in Spanish varies depending on the gender of the noun we are talking about. We studied how to identify when a word is masculine or feminine, and in which cases we can assume or make an educated guess of what the gender of a word might be. Additionally, we studied question words que, quien, donde and como es. Tuesday we will have a small quiz on personal pronouns."
"We reviewed vocabulary from our previous meeting, went over pronunciation, covered descriptions of people, and telling time. The student is making good progress with his pronunciation, and I can tell he is trying his best to apply himself to the material. We went over children's literature in Spanish as well."
"Tonight the student and I continued studying for his Spanish Exam. We began with the exercise we started last week, and once finished, continued with other exercises. The student worked much more independently tonight and did a great job utilizing testing techniques we discussed during our last session: looking up unfamiliar words, using process of elimination to fill blanks he is unsure of, crossing out words in the word bank that he has already used, etc. We spent the last ten minutes of our session reviewing for a Spanish quiz he has tomorrow. He said he feels confident about it but just wanted to review some of the irregular verb conjugations. I am confident the student will score well on both his quiz and the upcoming exam."
"This session went really well. The student and I worked on some homework exercises in his workbook. The subject was centered around replacing objects of sentences with their corresponding direct object pronouns: lo,la,Los,las,me, te, nos. Josh had a pretty good grasp of the direct object pronouns in theory when we began, but was really understanding it and was able to put it into practice by the end of the session. After these exercises we still has some time, so I had josh practice conjugating the common e-i.e. stem-changing verbs. He got this easily as well. Overall I feel like the session was the best one so far and that the student's motivation was high."
"After reviewing previous material, we continued working with the lessons. Specifically, we looked at how to construct and use adverbs. We also looked at making comparisons using "mas/menos...que..", "mas/menos de", and "tan...como...". At the end of the lesson, we practiced conversational Spanish. I have assigned the student exercises to complete before our next session."
"I worked with the student on how to use the future verb tense. I also helped him revise a series of sentences working on integrating the future tense, improving adjective noun agreement, incorporating new vocabulary words, and revising sentence structure."
"On our Thursday session, the student worked on creating sentences. For the past week and a half, we have reviewed conjugations. I had him write sentences in both English and Spanish to ensure he understood his sentences. We then looked in a book and he described the actions the people in the book were doing (they are driving, they are standing, etc.)."
"We continued to review the basics (alphabet, numbers, simple questions, etc.) and practice pronunciation. The student recently downloaded a language app for his smart phone that allows him to practice speaking and see if the computer recognizes the words he is saying. We tape recorded my voice so that he can listen and imitate it while reading the handouts I gave him, which are typed and printed notes from previous sessions for easier review. He is starting to string together short phrases to use with his friends."
"Learned the Spanish reflexive verb. Did body part vocabulary, as well as feelings. Practiced conjugating sentences with the reflexive verb. Planned out future sessions at 3 per week per discussion with mom. Remember to do some quizzing with vocabulary."