Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met for two hours to study for his Spanish 101 final exam. We focused on topics he identified as pressing: past tense of regular verbs, indirect and direct object pronouns, and vocabulary. When looking at past tense, we reviewed some examples, and I provided the student with a "cheat sheet" to identify the preterit form of regular verbs. Subsequently, he completed sample problems. We reviewed object pronouns in a similar manner. When reviewing vocabulary, we focused on memorizing as many words as possible, creating a "vocabulary log" and tables on English/Spanish translations. As he prepares for the test, he would do well to review the preterit tense "cheat sheet" and, in particular, take time to memorize his vocabulary."
"We continued our review of the student's final exam, focusing on conversational responses to basic questions. He has a good understanding of how to use present tense (indicative tense) and conjugate -ar verbs. He can have a conversation about familiar topics (even when not prompted by a previously known question). This shows me he has a good understanding of both the meaning and the form of the words used. We did a series of role playing scenarios where we were required to ask a certain number of questions and respond appropriately. He did very well. I anticipate that he will do well on his exam. We will continue to study before his final exam."
"The student started unit 2 today. Unit 2 is going to cover more grammar, verbs, and verb endings. Today we went over the male and female forms of nouns and also the plural forms. We covered some rules which we used the document editor for, and it was very effective!"
"The student and I went over her Spanish audio recordings today in preparation for her quiz on them tomorrow. There were two recordings, and I was able to assist in her comprehension of them. I think with practice she will improve in this portion of the course. I recommended that she listen to the recording three times: once for familiar vocabulary and phrases, a second time for meaning, and a third time for details."
"This was our first session today. I was able to evaluate the girls in their Spanish. They are both very clever and intelligent. They are able to recognize most colors and understand most of my questions in Spanish. We worked on learning more colors in Spanish and identifying them in their surroundings. We also worked a little on animal names in Spanish and the alphabet. They do not know these yet but do make the attempt to learn them. I also spoke to them in Spanish throughout the session to help them become accustomed to hearing the language. We will continue to work on learning the alphabet and numbers during our next sessions."
"Today we continued with subjunctive and regular -re verbs. I asked the student to write conjugations on the board for our target verb rendre in present, passe compose, imperfect, future, conditional, and subjunctive. We also went over plus-que-parfait and futur anterieur with rendre. Then I asked him to do the same with descendre, which is also a regular -re verb but is conjugated with etre instead of avoir. Then we worked with our new target verb ouir (to hear); he conjugated it in present and passe compose, and then I added the imperfect for him to memorize."