Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the present subjunctive. The student did have a study guide with him and his final is on Wednesday of next week. I am emailing him links to two websites on this topic."
"The session began with a discussion of If... then statements using various tenses. Once the student was reasonably comfortable with the differences between the three types of If... then statements, we addressed the past subjunctive. After this, we discussed the importance of the preterite (for the final exam next week as well as the past subjunctive in particular). Finally, we began looking through the chapters discussed in class this semester to find important points to study."
"We began this session by going over the short story homework. I asked the student to give me a small summary of the passage in her own words, and then to indicate all of the preterite verbs. Since she has not yet learned the imperfect tense, she had a difficult time differentiating between the two tenses. I explained that she can first determine the infinitive form of a verb, and then conjugate it herself to see if it is in the preterite form. I then asked her to tell me about her weekend, and she did a good job using the preterite tense. After that I asked her to translate a few sentences, and she did very well. Since I will be testing her on the kitchen vocabulary she has learned, I asked her to review it before the next session."
"Today we spent most of the time reviewing for the student's final next Thursday. I would say that he has a grasp of the material. I am confident he will ace his final."
"Today we learned new vocabulary to describe personal traits. These included adjectives and some physical descriptors. In addition, we practiced making conversations and how to ask questions out of vocabulary context. They are still struggling a bit to remember what questions mean outside of context. I left them with some practice to review this."
"We learned the words for different emotions and the sentence structures for expressing these feelings. Practice using these sentences at least once per day at home, and play with the online game for the phrases."