Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the pronoun verbs and the preterit. The student was struggling a little bit on plural or singular pronouns. She had a positive attitude towards the review lesson. I gave her the opportunity to do her homework questions by herself, and then I would just reviewed it for her but giving her the opportunity to be able to check what she did wrong on the incorrect answers. I did not leave her with any practice because we went over practice problems. I noted progress on the use of the preterit. It was a great session, we were able to cover all her homework questions and practice problems."
"Although the student is going into Spanish 2, she is eager to get ahead. This session was mainly focused on grammar. I did my best to explain the different tenses in the subjunctive, such as Present Perfect, Past Perfect, Future Perfect, and Conditional Perfect. More importantly, I explained the difference between the indicative and subjunctive, since that is a major piece of information to know when developing Spanish. In addition, she also wanted some information on numbers above 100, which I explained and showed to her."
"At this session, I decided to give the student a break from speaking at the beginning to review and rehearse future tense using the "ir + verb" formula. Afterwards, we worked on preterit tense verbs and went over sample sentences. I made him say the sentences out loud in Spanish and then translate them in English verbally. He did a very good job. I noticed that he gets overwhelmed when a lot of words are spoken to him, and he appears to be having a difficult time processing and digesting them. I instructed him to simply pinpoint the subject, then the verb, and everything else will fall into place. This worked, and he is slowly getting better at listening and speaking. We'll continue to work on this."
"During the session, we reviewed direct object pronouns, and we began to look at how to make conversation in past tense using preterite conjugations. We practiced regular preterite verb conjugations, and we also looked at stem-changers in the preterite and yo form spelling changers. The student showed a lot of progress and strong effort, and I could definitely see growth in his understanding. At this point, it seems that he is struggling most with the past tense conjugations, but he has extra practice through his online class that will be helpful in getting used to these. I expect that with the better understanding he now has that there will be improvement. It was a very productive session!"
"During this session, the student and I had spend some time going over material she already had gone through. We did a lot of conversational speaking and some writing. For the next session we want to work on doing more conjugating and speaking."
"During this session, we continued working on the student's confidence in his speaking. We did this by going through a series of questions, asked and answered in Spanish, that revolved mostly around his opinions and what he does in school--questions he can answer easily without preparation. After that, we worked on reading common fairy tales in Spanish aloud in order to try to pick up cognates when listening in addition to speaking. His homework is just to continue practicing everything so as to not lose what he's learned while on summer break."