Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Concepts: Hay, hacer, haber. Grammar, Speaking, and Listening: Restaurant scenario. The student practiced using flashcards. He was eager to learn and practice. We went over flashcards and tried to associate words with things he is familiar with. HW: Practiced new vocab words; grammar and listening to Spanish songs and try to understand what they are saying."
"The student and I met and started work on the past participle. We went over its formation and its uses and practiced applying those. We went over several examples of how to employ the past participle as an adjective using active voice, an adjective in passive voice, and a verb with an auxiliary verb. We also discussed when to use estar, ser, or haber in conjunction with past participles. I find that often in sessions with the student, I have to go back and explain concepts that should have a better foundation by now such as telling time, the difference between ser and estar, counting, and basic vocabulary. At our next session, the student and I are going to go back and do some foundational work. I explained to him that things will only get harder if he doesn't have a good base knowledge. This will also necessitate some studying on the student's part. We often will learn the same words and verbs in back-to-back sessions, which gives me the sense that he is not reviewing new vocabulary that I teach him. I encouraged him to do so, especially when we are meeting every other week."
"Today's session was reviewing. Instead of learning too much new material, I want to make sure that she remembers everything we've learned so far. So we started with numbers. She counted all the way to 100, then did dates, then named the body parts and animals, and went through our "knock knock" conversation scenario. At the end, we did dictations on writing of all characters she has learned. She forgot a few, but did remember most of them. The homework is to finish the worksheet, and to practice those characters she forgot."