Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the use of -de que, su, and preterite, and we also worked on translation. The student was struggling with translation. She was positive about the material being review. I included some charts that helped her remember the conjugation of the preterite verbs. I also included some sentences for her to translate. I did not leave the student with extra practice because she will be getting homework and a quiz review. I noted progress on the preterite. It was a good lesson."
"Given the student's recent improvement in comprehension + speaking in present and future tense, we focused primarily on past tense in this session; specifically, with preterit and imperfect past tense forms. We went over conjugations of both regular and irregular AR, ER, and IR verbs and had the student complete conjugations for several verbs using the ones we had already conjugated together. Afterwards, we used them in sample sentences and told him that we will continue doing so at our next session."
"I gave a few websites to the student to use as a resource for when practices and even during school. I thoroughly explained to each the pros and cons of each website and how to use them. She requested to have this resource and I spent a good amount of time explaining and showing them in case she had any questions. The remaining of the time was spent on reviewing the tenses; especially imperfect and preterite. I provided a list explaining when to use imperfect vs preterite. Using one of the websites, I had her conjugate in the requested tense so that she could practice while I was there in case she had any specific questions. I did assign her two tasks for homework. The first task was to conjugate 15 verbs in present, preterite and imperfect so that she can practice and have a visual if she wants to refer back to them. This way, she will have a list of common verbs for her to remember. The second task was to complete a worksheet I made for her so she can practice with context."
"I included some new strategies. We read a short story practicing new vocabulary and pronunciation, and watched part of a movie in Spanish that we will talk about in the next class. I also taught her some of the irregular verbs and the different ways they are used in Spanish."
"I introduced two new Spanish textbooks, and a Spanish picture dictionary. We covered a lot of material/ language from these three resources. For oral communication (including written notes), we worked on additional and new vocabulary, verbs, adjectives related to travel, work, vacations, family, and background in a totally conversational style. We covered additional expressions, and the student wrote ten complete sentences discussed during the conversational lesson. Then we covered grammar and sentence format/ structure, writing examples. She is at an advanced intermediate level, ready for unlimited conversation. She is very motivated and eager to learn Spanish."
"I reviewed the present progressive (-ing tense) with the student. I used my picture verb flashcards, and she had to say what the people were doing. It was good practice for her, since she had to remember how to say many of the activities. Then, we reviewed 'ser and estar,' the difference in use. We practiced with some activities. She understands better now. We then read a mini play to review some descriptions and physical characteristics. She was able to understand the gist of the play. I just helped her with a couple of phrases. We ended with practicing comparatives and her making sentences comparing two things."