Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We specifically covered some food topics, which they are going over in class. I gave them a menu in Spanish and we talked about the different food items. I also went over some basic classroom phrases that they may hear in class, such as "Que significa", "Como se dice", "Sabes?", "Si, yo se/No, no se", "Entiendes?" and "Entiendo/No entiendo". I believe that the students just need to work on some classroom phrases and Spanish 1 vocabulary (specifically, the verbs "tener", "ser", "estar") in order to catch up with their class. Both girls are very eager to learn and had an excellent attitude toward working with the material. After the first session, the girls seemed to have mastered some of the phrases we went over ("Como es...", "Que tiene...", "Es caro/rico?")."
"The student went over the homework he had online which focused on irregular conjugations in the present yo form. He was having a little trouble remembering all of them at first, but after some practice he seemed to have gotten the hang of things. I also introduced to him how some of the stem changing verbs work and practiced this from his textbook just verbally."
"The student is beginning to learn Spanish. We went over the alphabet, numbers (1-100) and some common basic phrases. Our main focus was pronunciation since he is much more interested in being able to speak it fluently, rather than focusing on grammar (as of now)."
"The student and I started our session by catching up. I asked her questions in French, and she responded sometimes in English, sometimes in French. We will work on shifting those responses to full French! I then helped her work on a presentation for her AP French class. She was to read the article, answer accompanying questions, and provide a justification for each response. I had her read the questions aloud, and we discussed any vocabulary or content-based questions she had. She then read the article aloud and we discussed in the aforementioned manner. We returned to the questions, and per her teacher's method, I asked her to eliminate two answer choices off the bat for each question. She then would give me her answer, and we would discuss why it was correct or incorrect. She took notes throughout so that she would be able to use those for her justification of the correct answer. She was able to answer the majority of the questions correctly. There were two that gave her a bit of trouble, but we were able to identify what she could do to better respond in the future, such as reading the answers attentively and applying each part of the answer to the question or looking for giveaways in the passage. Next time, she and I will work on whatever homework she has for that week. If she has little to no work, we will pick up where we left off last month by reading an article from a French literary magazine."
"In this session the student and I went over a recorded conversation about which she had to answer some questions. It was an interview so the language was somewhat elevated but was very clear. There were a few questions of vocabulary and idiomatic expression, but overall her comprehension was sound. A bigger issue was with writing the responses to her questions. She is very interested in cutting corners, which obviously I blocked! She was a good sport, and came around to my point of view in the end."
"The student has an AP French oral presentation next Monday, during which she must speak about her academic and non-academic experiences this semester. We spent some time drafting key sentences and creating rough paragraphs. She will work on this, and we will revisit on Sunday with a focus on pronunciation and fluidity/timing."