Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the difference between reflexive, reciprocal and emphatic sentences using some indirect object pronouns. We also reviewed the verb gustar. We studied regular and irregular participles and entertainment vocabulary."
"Today we went over the student's upcoming tests and projects. We then did a past Spanish assignment covering affirmative and negative informal commands, which he will be quizzed on tomorrow. He did his homework, which I checked, and then I had him memorize all irregular informal command forms and practice using each one within a sentence and with pronouns. We finished by reviewing his vocabulary. He has mastered 90% of the words so he is in good shape for his upcoming test next Wednesday."
"We began with a review of imperfect subjunctive, including examples where it is used with conditional verbs. Afterwards, we reviewed indirect and direct object pronouns. The tutorial included: the difference between direct and indirect objects, the pronouns used for each, and how to correctly use pronouns, especially when both indirect and direct object pronouns are present. We practiced with sentences including regularly conjugated verbs, phrases with infinitives, present progressive verbs, and commands. The information seemed overwhelming at first, but the student quickly got the hang of the pattern. Between now and next session, I encouraged her to review her notes from our sessions and then reread the corresponding sections in her textbook, as they should hopefully make more sense to her."
"The student and I practiced sentence inversions (turning affirmative sentences into questions by inverting the subject and verb). I provided the affirmative, and she would figure out the interrogative prompt. We took special care to remember agreement of gender and quantity (il/ils, elle/elles, vous pluriel/vous singulier) while writing. This often takes the longest time to remember and integrate into French speech and writing. We then flipped the script in a verbal exercise where I asked her the questions and she had to provide the answers from memory or logic."
"The student reported that she seems to have done very well on her oral exam, but she has yet to see her final grade. We discussed studying tools and strategies that she can utilize over winter break. We also went over what she feels are her strongest and weakest points and decided that she is in need of more immersive studying strategies. I recommended an audio book for her to listen to over the break. We also discussed verb conjugations and tenses. She is clearly doing very well and is becoming more confident as she learns a great deal of new material. As she incorporates immersive strategies into her studying habits, she should see exponential improvements."
"The student took the oral portion of a quiz yesterday. She felt okay, but is still getting used to the format of the oral quizzes and tests. Therefore, we spent some time replicating a sample oral quiz. We worked on several oral activities in order to give her a lot of speaking practice. She has the written portion of the quiz tomorrow, so we reviewed all related vocabulary and grammar concepts. She is very confident for her quiz tomorrow!"