Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Orthographic irregular verbs ending in -car, -zar, and -gar, in the preterite tense. The student and I worked through a homework handout on Sunday, which functioned as practice for conjugating these verbs and also a review for other preterite conjugations. The biggest point of clarification that needed to be made was that the verb is only irregular in the first person yo form. Once that was clear he started to cruise."
"The student and I began by talking about her Spanish class and her goals for tutoring, as well as some of her other interests and how Spanish can apply to those. She expressed a concern about learning grammar and being able to apply it to quizzes and tests. She is learning about the imperfect tense in Spanish. We started with a discussion on how it is different from the preterite, which is another past tense in Spanish. Using a story in English, I showed how various past tenses are used and she identified which verbs would be translated in preterite and which ones would be translated in imperfect. She showed a solid understanding of the difference between the two. After discussing the usage, we practiced conjugating -ar, -er, and -ir verbs in the imperfecto as well as a few irregular verbs. We finished by working on sample sentences, where I would write the infinitive of a verb in parentheses and she would conjugate it in the imperfect. This exercise required identifying the subject of the sentence, which was more obvious in some examples than others. I showed her how to look to the previous sentence if there was not an obvious subject. She has a grammar quiz this week; she will bring the quiz to the next session so we can review it and pinpoint any other areas to work on."
"Today we discussed the changes needed for the student's final essay coming up. Then we discussed his Spanish test and the grammar and vocabulary he would need to master. After that we worked on his homework and I made him translate extra passages to help him learn new skills using context to understand words he does not know. To finish we went over his vocabulary and identified his strong areas and weaker areas, such as common phrases. He's improved greatly on this unit's vocabulary and has a very solid grasp of preterite irregular verbs and direct object pronouns."