Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered more about the preterit tense. Reviewing irregular verbs and practicing the use of the regular verbs. We did this in our conversations with each other and completed some short exercises. The student's attitude was very positive, and he was excited to learn. A short quiz to complete was left for him to do for extra practice."
"We continued with verbs ser and estar, nationalities, some adjectives, and some professions. The student's attitude is always good and positive even if the topic is advanced. The student needs to memorize the conjugations, adjectives and nationalities."
"The session covered a piece of writing done last session. We focused on correcting grammatical mistakes. At the request of the mother, we are working on an assessment to evaluate the student's writing and identify strength and weaknesses. This exercise helped a lot, we were able to know what lessons to write next based on the grammar mistakes in the writing. A few other steps need to be completed before finishing the assessment completely, but so far we have specific material to cover. Concepts like: verb tenses, contractions, por vs para, "a", etc. were identified as weaknesses. We will be addressing those in the next sessions."
"Since we hadn't seem each other in a few weeks, we did a big review. We reviewed time, days of the week, and lots of vocabulary. I used to paper clock, whiteboard, and pictures to promote learning. Although it had been a while since reviewing, the student remembered all his food and kitchen vocabulary!"
"* The student reviewed the vocab words from the last two lessons. * We held conversation about school subjects. * We read "Pinocchio" in Spanish, stopping to understand vocab and grammar. * We started working on the next lesson about family members."
"Today, we continued working on the preterite tense by conjugating irregular and stem-changing verbs. The student also practiced conjugating the verbs in sentence structure. We practiced conversational Spanish using the preterite tense."
"Continued adding to our running list of adjectives, constantly drilling on how to make them agree with the noun they're referring to. Finished Ch. 4 of our workbook together - 4 common uses of the verb 'tener'. Much progress has been made with each session. :)"
"We worked on the same things that we worked on the previous sessions because the student has a test coming up that he wants to study for. He was having a hard time remembering some of the vocabulary so we used the flash cards to practice it. We also went over the countries and their capitals and he filled out a blank sheet with the countries on it."
"During this session, I continued to work on "cual vs. que" with the student. We began by reviewing her homework. She got 9 out of 10 correct. I then did a small activity with her. I gave her a sentence, asked her to translate it, and to indicate her reason for using either "que" or "cual." She then came up with the sentence, translated it, and indicated her reason for using either "que" or "cual." She did well in this activity. For homework, I asked her to write ten sentences using either "cual" or "que" and ten sentences using verbs from a link I provided her."
"Student has an oral exam on Wednesday, so we prepared for that. She sent me the prompts her teacher gave her to practice, and some of her answers that were transcribed. We went over these together and I gave her feedback. The questions she has to prepare are very difficult! She did a good job with them, though. Most of the errors had to do with gender agreement and just consistency (i.e. conjugating the verbs for "tu" and using the "tu" possessive pronoun). The good part is that the errors did not impede communication, which is the most important part of the oral assessment. I think she'll do great!"
"The student and I worked on imperfect subjunctive. I am VERY proud of the progress he's made, even over the past couple of weeks. It's very clear to me that he's made progress with vocabulary, comprehension, conjugation, and putting sentences together."
"This lesson, we reviewed concepts with the boys that we had covered starting last week and before. Because they are doing so well with reviews, both students spend less and less time reviewing and more and more time each week learning new concepts. Practicing outside of the lessons is truly showing how much progress they are making, and both show an aptitude to learning vocabulary and phrases. This lesson with the two students went very well. We reviewed vocabulary to round out and complement what has been excellent progress so far with learning the grammatical basics of the Spanish language. My hope is that now equipped with common, everyday vocabulary, we may start using short Spanish phrases in lieu of English during lessons. I am very happy thus far with everyone's progress."