Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We looked at different modes of the present tense and past tense. We covered some listening and pronunciation as well. It was a very productive session."
"This was our first meeting. One of the topics the student wanted to cover was the subjunctive, specifically when to use the various tenses. I began by reviewing the basics of sentences: independent and dependent clauses, main and subordinate clauses, nominal, adjectival and adverbial clauses. I explained the subjunctive's relationship to doubt and uncertainty, compared to the indicative's roots in reality, or factual knowledge. I stuck to the present subjunctive since there wasn't time to go further, although I gave a brief glimpse of chronological relativity (i.e. relationship of dependent to main clause actions in time) to show what we'll do next time. Besides the time spent getting to know the student, I spent most of the session reviewing situations when the present subjunctive is used. The student seemed to understand the relationship of the subjunctive to uncertainty, opinion and indefiniteness, versus the indicative's to reality. The task is to make sure he recognizes how to apply that to actual sentences. When it comes to explaining concepts, I want to work with his materials, e.g. lecture notes, more than my own as we did today, so that I don't confuse him with alternate explanations."
"We reviewed a bit of the subjunctive structure for an upcoming quiz the student had and also reviewed the homework together. She also practiced on her fluency on different topics I gave her so I could check her vocabulary and understanding."