Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I met with the student. He is in Spanish 1 in high school. He said that overall he is taking Spanish because it is required for 3 years at his school and probably won't continue on. He has a C in the class right now but wants to get an A. He said he does well on his homework, but he struggles on the in-class quizzes. I decided to focus on memorization during this lesson to help prepare for his quiz he has on Friday. I had him make flashcards for the beginning of Chapter 2, which focuses on "the classroom." It covers things like "desk" and "to study" etc. He also started learning days of the week right now. He made a stack of nouns and a stack of verbs flashcards. I went through both nouns and verbs with him, showing him the Spanish word, and he would say the Spanish word out loud so I could correct his pronunciation, then he would tell me the meaning in English. He was better with the nouns than the verbs. We tried to make up tricks to memorize words, like "papelera" is where you throw away the "papel." I think he liked this and it made the studying more fun. At the end of the session he worked through his homework assignment. It was fill in the blank sentences where he had to choose the best verb and conjugate it. He was really good with this. We only got halfway through the assignment, but he said he felt comfortable doing the rest on his own tonight. I suggested that tomorrow he should practice more with the flashcards and have someone else hold them for him and show him the English side so he has to give the Spanish definition. Since memorization was his weakest area, I think he should focus on that for his quiz. His spelling was good, and pronunciation was good too. Finally, I suggested buying a dictionary and verbs conjugation book to have on hand. Also, I told him about a fun app for learning Spanish, and he seemed really interested in using that. Overall the session went really well, and he said he felt he learned more than he knew before."
"First session, we dissected his review for an upcoming test, learning new vocabulary, identifying gender in nouns, indirect object pronouns, verb conjugation."
"Today we started with some vocabulary related to the St. Patrick's holiday yesterday (green, gold, coins, leprechaun, rainbow, etc.). Next, I signed the "gum story" to the student and had tell me what the story was about afterwards. She did not catch a lot of the story from the initial signing. As I went through it again and questioned her after short parts of the story, she did better and was able to reason it through and piece together the story. Through this story, we worked on classifiers to talk about how people look and walk. Last, we did some questioning practice. After asking lots of questions, I had the student ask me questions. She needed reminding on how to use her face when asking a question but was able to remember to do it after one or two reminders."