Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I talked about drilling vocab and grammar, and reviewing some key concepts so she can make sure she masters everything before adding too much more. She has a quiz tomorrow on imperfect vs preterite verbs, so we spent some time going over conjugations and discussing some examples. She had a great slideshow from her teacher that was helpful, but it still helps to talk things out! She then got about halfway through a homework assignment. She wanted to use the rest of the time to go over adverbs, since she feels like it's really helpful to have someone hold her accountable for those. We talked about how flashcards might not be the best technique for her, and she said she feels like she learns best when she figures out a hint for herself for about four words at a time and then drilling those. Using that technique, she was doing very well by the end of the session!"
"The student needed help studying for a Spanish test she had the next day. So we spent the entire session going over the material that would be covered: present subjunctive tense (both regular and irregular conjugations), mandatos (both formal and informal), and por vs. para. She seemed to understand present subjunctive conjugations themselves, but struggled with figuring out when to use subjunctive and when not to. We did some practice problems from the textbook, and as she did more and more problems, she slowly got the hang knowing when to use what tense. Because mandatos uses the same present subjunctive conjugations, she didn't have too much trouble with them. With por and para however, she did struggle more with knowing which one is used with which context. I recommended that she review the guidelines under which por and para are to be used, and that if one of the choices cannot be used, it must be the other. Next week, she has her Spanish final on Tuesday, so we plan to meet next Monday to study together."
"The student has, up until this point, scored perfectly on all of the vocabulary quizzes I have given her, but this week she missed four out of fifteen. I had to remind her to focus on the task at hand, and she was very quiet after that. She is very good at understanding regular conjugations of -er and -ir verbs in the present tense. She completed the activity on this very quickly with little assistance. She is very smart, but has little patience with herself. She likes to complete activities as quickly as possible, and because of this her pronunciation and spelling sometimes suffers. I plan to continue to work with her on slowing down and taking the time to think through the work. I told her that next week will be fun, with no vocabulary quiz."