Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started by discussing his homework assignment. We discussed cultural information about Panama, and he wrote a few paragraphs on the country in response to a prompt. We then worked on the correct usage of ser and estar. He demonstrated a great understanding of the differentiation. We next worked on direct objects and discussed methods to remember the correct placement of the direct object in the sentence. We ended the session by looking at the week ahead and doing introductions to those topics to prepare the student for his upcoming classes."
"I spent some time evaluating the student's speaking, listening, reading, and writing levels today. I always do this in the first session so that I know what types of things are too easy or too difficult for students and can avoid them. She expressed difficulties with formal commands and the subjunctive tense. I saw great improvement in our short session. She made strides in understanding when and when not to use the subjunctive tense (her conjugation skills can improve, but they were already good to begin with). The student seems to struggle most with vocabulary. Even though she knows verb conjugations verbs well, sometimes not understanding the rest of a sentence could cause her to conjugate incorrectly. We covered many "trigger words" necessitate the use of subjunctive and she began to understand them and apply her knowledge."
"We split this session between two days. We worked on direct object pronouns, vocab, and irregular preterite verbs: ir, ser, ver, and dar. She seemed to understand DOPs for the most part. She knew most of the nouns in the vocab. She's still nailing down the preterite normal endings, which will be very important when we start doing more irregular verbs."