Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session I continued to work on the subjunctive with her. We first reviewed the homework she completed for this session. I made a few grammatical corrections, and then I asked her to practice speaking in the subjunctive. She talked about the upcoming weekend using the subjunctive and did well, with a few grammatical mistakes. She expressed that she needs to improve her vocabulary and so I told her I'd prepare future lessons with that goal in mind."
"This session was especially productive because we were able to see that the kids are benefiting from practice during the week. Both of them were able to recite the alphabet very well, and I was impressed generally with all of the knowledge they were able to retain from the past couple of weeks. Being able to focus on the lesson during the tutoring period is still a challenge I want to overcome. Both students continue to make very good progress on learning the more complicated and grammatical aspects of Spanish. In general this was an extremely productive tutoring session."
"In our session we covered new and old vocabulary and practiced listening and comprehension of two new kids' stories. We practiced reading and pronunciation, and matching words with pictures. I am slowly starting to talk to the student more in Spanish so he gets used to listening to whole sentences and not just words. This will be our long term strategy of learning as we keep expanding his vocabulary. For our next session, I plan on adding more words to our word/picture vocabulary as he enjoys playing games and moving around during the lesson. Overall, we had a good session!"
"Covered animals and zoo vocabulary. Learned about adverbs (words ending in -mente). Worked our way through section 2 and took section two quiz. Scored perfectly on the quiz. Remember to review vocab if you have time!"
"In our last session, the student was having trouble getting the hang of the subjunctive both in the present and in the past, and when to use which. We are going to have an extra session on Sunday to solve the problem."
"The student and I worked through our textbook together, going over the different uses and situations of choosing between 'ser' or 'estar'. Most progress had been made! Concluded with learning the uses of hay in Spanish."
"We covered vocabulary for the student's project about food, then moved into chapter 7. We practiced vocabulary, listening, repeating, doing a short dialogue and activity with the vocabulary. Finally, we read a short story at the beginning of the chapter, employing reading strategies, and emphasizing vocabulary and intonation. At the end of the session, I introduced him to a short 2 minute video which shows things in Spain."
"We began the session working through a practice worksheet from the student's teacher. On this worksheet she needed to choose the correct tense and mood of the verbs in parentheses and conjugate accordingly. This was a challenging exercise because it required a solid understanding of the text and quite a bit of critical thinking. I did give her some tips for how to spot subjunctive clauses and advised her to review verb tenses, as choosing the correct tense seemed to be the most challenging aspect of the assignment. After that exercise, and a review of adjective and adverb clauses, we worked through a notes worksheet that I had sent her on direct and indirect object pronouns. She worked through the exercises and definitely was getting the hang of the exercise by the end. We will begin tomorrow's session with a review of indirect and direct object pronouns when used in sentences with infinitives and present progressives."
"The student knows her numbers really well, up to ten. Her pronunciation of three has gotten a lot better, summer camp has definitely helped. We sang the chick, chick, chick song, she actually can sing more words than before. We also played name that picture with the vocabulary (apple, frog, fish and sun). We then read the book and named the colors."
"Our session started with out regular conversation about our week and activities we did or will do over the weekend. The student's main goal is to improve his conversational skills therefore our sessions are mostly focused on speaking."
"The student and I revisited the verbs ser and estar. I sent her mother a quick guide to help her know when to use both verbs. We practiced making full sentences with the vocabulary we have in our bank! She is using the practice notecards and will be over the week so we can move on to learn some new vocabulary next week!"
"We covered introductory phrases and basic sentence phrases to get to converse. The student's attitude was positive; she was excited and so was I. She will practice on her own verbs and conjugations from previous notes. She struggles the most with knowing which verb to use when encountered with a specific scenario. I included strategies and talked about the formal use of "usted". Overall a great first session!"