Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student called me before the session and asked me to bring some resources for learning irregular preterite verbs, as he had little homework to go over. We started by doing some irregular verb matching where he would draw a verb and a subject from the pile, then conjugate the verb orally and in writing. He seemed to have a pretty good grasp on the more common irregular verbs. Next we discussed some of the themes and categories behind the irregularities, and practiced which verb has which: stem or ending changes. Finally, he wrote a practice essay similar to what he would see on Friday's test, and we went over corrections and suggestions. I informed him that he could feel free to email me any other practice passages for corrections if he chooses to write more."
"The student arrived having taken the quiz we were previously preparing for. She informed me that her teacher would let them review their own quizzes and correct any mistakes. Therefore we went over, in detail, both the English and Spanish uses of the Preterite and Imperfect forms, practicing contextually with material given to her by her teacher. She is learning quickly how to differentiate between the two tenses, which bodes extremely well for her and shows that she is learning quickly."
"We reviewed vocabulary and the imperfect tense which the student is now learning in her class. I had her write some sentences using the imperfect tense and the new vocabulary she is expected to know for her quiz on Wednesday. She has trouble remembering which ending to use for what type of verb (i.e. difference between AR and ER/IR endings). We worked on her homework of finishing a story by filling in the blanks with the correctly conjugated verbs. She is somewhat of a perfectionist so it is hard for her to write something without knowing exactly how to write it and knowing all the vocabulary. We are working on taking risks and trying to write and speak with less focus on spending a lot of time on being perfect and rather just creating sentences on the spot."