Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over a quiz that the student had last week. We reviewed some of the helping verbs and pronouns. We also did some translation and conjugation. She had a positive attitude towards the material being reviewed. I gave the student a list of some helping verbs for her to review. I noted progress on understanding the meaning of the sentences. No concerns, just wins for this session. The student learns new vocab words in every lesson."
"We went through homework due for class as well as studied for a test later this week. The student really improved from last session with matching plural/gender pronouns with adjectives. We struggled a bit with the online system that her class used, but in the end we were able to get through the object pronouns and indirect object pronouns with success."
"We worked on a book that the student's teacher gave her. The student is struggling with understanding spoken Spanish at native speed. She was very open to the material, and we practiced speaking aloud and worked on pronunciation. I did give some strategies and things to work on: listening to telenovelas, movies in Spanish with subtitles, etc., and doing her best to pick out words that she CAN catch and understand in order to get the gist of what's going on."
"We worked on creating sentences and answering questions in Spanish using direct and indirect object pronouns and por/para. Initially, the student struggled most with knowing what forms of the verbs to use. We talked about how to find the subject of the verb and that when asking a question, the subject will most likely change so the verb must change. I walked him through how to take notes on his handout/test to see the parts before creating the whole sentence. By the end of the session, he seemed much more confident with the material and could complete the sections quickly. I sent him a por/para study guide. I'm encouraged by how quickly he catches on. He just needs some review of the basics and breakdown of parts to synthesize new material."
"We worked on language pronunciation. Strategy, recap on greetings formal and informal. Ask where are you from, what is your name etc. Culture and regions of Spain and their locations. Useful sentences for classroom use."
"We worked on vocabulary related to travel that she will have a quiz on next week. We looked at different methods she could use to help her memorize including recording herself reading the words, and then listening back to it, using mnemonic devices, writing them down a lot of times, etc. We then worked on the verbs hacer and poner in both the present and past. We talked about the conjugation for past tense verbs, and I gave her a document that I created that lays out the past tense conjugations. We talked about some of the random sayings that are going to be on the quiz and we also began talking about "saber" and "conocer", two ways of expressing the English verb "to know"."