Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student will be taking her Spanish language exam soon. We used this as a final review session to complete extensive practice for the listening comprehension portion of the exam. I spoke on three separate subjects for a total of 6:30 worth of listening and prompted the student to answer questions based on the speaking I had done in each segment. We went over strategies for approaching the listening sections of the exam such as taking notes. In addition, we reviewed strategies for the written portion of the exam, including but not limited to transitional phrases for fluidity, as well as the importance of using a variety of verb tenses to demonstrate knowledge of the grammar. Lastly, we reviewed a variety of examples with different grammatical challenges."
"The student and I split our session between working on reflexive verbs and reflexive pronouns and preparing for her upcoming cultural comparison assignment. We worked on her grammar packets, in which she successfully identified the correct reflexive pronoun, transformed sentences in Spanish to display the reflexive verb, and translated sentences into Spanish using reflexive verbs and pronouns. In addition, we worked on her pronunciation and verb conjugation. Finally, we spent time planning out her cultural comparison assignment, finding sources, and brainstorming topics. As we have done during our last two tutoring sessions, we ended by conversing in Spanish, which she has found very helpful. To the extent possible, we will conduct our future sessions solely in Spanish."
"This session the student had been assigned a reading about the traditional Mexican holiday Day of the Dead - it's incorporation into pop culture vis-a-vis Halloween, and specifically looked at the influence of Jose Guadalupe Posada - the artist behind the famous Calavera Catrina image. He was tasked with creating a unique sketch of the Calavera Catrina, followed by a list of related vocabulary words needing to be defined and then utilized in 3 descriptive scenes, each scene using 4 different vocab words. We discussed and reviewed the vocab word list as needed. He then wrote 3 scenes which I proofed for content, use of the vocab words appropriately, and grammar."
"The student and I began the session with a review of numbers. I gave him several numbers written out in numerical form then asked him to write them out in Spanish. We then did a review of the months of the year and days of the week. I also had him practice writing the date in Spanish. My recommendation if for him to get into the habit of writing the date in Spanish on his Spanish homework assignments for extra practice. I also suggested that he try to say "today is..." for each day of the week in Spanish."
"We did verbs conjugation (preterit/imperfect), vocabulary definitions, and translations. We also covered reading, accentuation, and grammar. We covered unfamiliar verbs and definitions included on Chapter 4 of his guide book. He is showing good understanding of the Spanish context in general. We also worked on his class assignment."
"We worked in Klaro pp.70-72, finishing Chapter 7. Then went through pp.43-44 in Conversation, further practicing comparisons and superlatives, and useful phrases about using the post office. Next session we will review all this and practice the conversation. Finally, we returned to the DW article and continued translating and discussing the language and the issue itself. For next session, we will open with a discussion of the politics. Then continue in Klaro Chapter 8 and Conversation pp.44-46."