Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I practiced her writing in the present, preterite, and imperfect. She wrote three paragraphs in Spanish that we revised and reviewed together. She then practiced using preterite and imperfect in sentences. She did great work, particularly with the imperfect tense. Finally, we read aloud from a book of short stories she has. We took turns reading paragraphs in Spanish and would then read the English translation. She worked very hard, and I was particularly impressed with her willingness to work and learn."
"During today's session, the first task that the student and I executed was to go over and review the material that he learned and covered in our last week's session. In our previous session, we covered more Spanish I material which included conjugating Spanish verbs in the present tense. The verbs we reviewed were ser, estar, tener, necesitar, amar, and hacer. We also reviewed some important vocabulary terms which included: quien (who), que (what), cuando (when), donde (where), por que (why) and como (how). Other terms we reviewed included de (of, from), con (with), and despues (after) which are all essential terms in daily conversational Spanish and important to sentence formation. After our review, we went over the imperfect tense, which was the material he was learning in class. At the beginning, I noticed he had problems not only with knowing what some of the verbs meant, but also in using each verb in the correct tense and in the proper first, second, or third person format. I was very happy because after lots of fun practice in conjugating some verbs I had for him, it became easier and easier for him to understand and he got much better. The verbs we covered in the imperfect tense included tener, estar, acostar, and jugar. After we covered this material I made him retake the quiz and he got all the questions and problems correct! I was very happy and more so because of how happy he was because of how much he progressed after only two weeks."
"The student came earnestly willing to work through Chapter 4B concepts in a comprehensive review. I asked her how she had performed on her last vocabulary quiz, to which she answered a 96/A! However, she was disappointed with her latest grammar quiz, which consisted of correctly identifying which past verb tense (imperfect or preterite) she needed to employ in the storytelling paragraph provided. So, our time today was mostly spent differentiating, defining and practicing examples of both verb tense uses, and then bringing them together in reading paragraphs. We meticulously reviewed her quiz, where she identified the vocabulary correctly, the provided verbs in the present tense, which she later changed to either preterite or imperfect, dependent upon what the context of the sentence demanded. I asked the student to defend the times when she chose the preterite and imperfect. We also referred to her grammar study guide, to help her remember the irregular endings for verbs in the preterite: poner, poder, ir/ser, estar, decir, dar and irregular verbs in the imperfect: ir, ser, and ver. We reviewed our notes from her green notebook and I quizzed her on the -ar, -er, -ir endings of both preterite and imperfect verbs. I asked the student if she felt confidently prepared for her Chapter exam tomorrow, and she assured me she did. Based on the review we completed today, I saw her demonstrate mastery and so tomorrow she will shine!"