Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was our initial meeting. The student has a final exam tomorrow, so we agreed to meet tonight to go over material. I did an assessment to determine what he needed the most help with for his test. He has a good command of the language and his pronunciation is very clear. He expressed his concern with writing skills, sentence structure and verb conjugation. His vocabulary base is quite extensive, but he needs help with his writing, grammar, and verbs. He had a huge study guide (over 12 pages) filled with written exercises that would be on the exam. We covered more than 75% of this study guide, just concentrating on his problem areas. We worked on present and preterite verb tenses, irregular and stem-changing verbs, articles, direct and indirect object pronouns, affirmative and negative words. We concentrated on sentence structure and verbs, which were his major weaknesses. His recall for all the material we covered was really good. I gave him many tips that are easy for him to remember. I encouraged him not to be discouraged and to give the exam his best shot. He has an upbeat disposition and I am sure, with my help, he will quickly excel. I assured him we shall work hard to bring him up to grade level. He was extremely happy with my specific and detailed tutoring methods. Both parents are very encouraged with the outcome of our first session, and we can only expect a vast improvement in his Spanish language skills. He is a hard worker with much potential."
"We reviewed the simple, and compound tenses in Indicative, and Subjunctive again focusing in particularities of conjugation, and irregular verbs. We then practiced by completing several assignments given by her teacher. I left verbs for the student to practice conjugating with. She is mostly struggling with recognizing when a verb is in present tense, past, or future, but she is improving."
"This session went very well. We hit the ground running. I had come prepared to do two things: 1) to practice the rules for regular verbs in Spanish in the Present Indicative and Preterite (Simple Past Tense) and 2) to practice the most important irregular verbs in the Present Indicative and Preterite. As much as possible, I gave the class in Spanish. The reason for this is important, as I always want to hear how the student pronounces the language. Pronunciation is especially important in the first person singular present indicative (yo hablo) vs. third person singular preterite (el/ella hablÃ_). I brought to the session the flashcards of irregular verbs which I had created. I will email her a copy of the flashcards, so she will be able to practice the tenses which she already knows --- Present Indicative and Preterite --- and also be able to learn those tenses which she has not yet learned --- Perfect tenses, Progressive Tenses and Future and Conditional Tenses."