Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This Monday, the student is continuing his unit on "Describing a House." His upcoming quiz will focus on ordinal numbers, so at our session we reviewed the numbers and I had him write out the rules of ordinal numbers. He then was able to correct his own homework and successfully complete worksheets given by his teacher. I suggest he still practice the ordinal numbers as they act as vocabulary words and require some memorization. We then moved on to SER and ESTAR. I gave him a graphic organizer to fill out the differences between SER and ESTAR and to add some examples of his own. I then read a short passage which included grammar and his vocabulary words. He did well in comprehension as he was able to understand the short question. His homework is to write a paragraph describing his house and to continue working on his vocabulary."
"The student and I covered more examples of the verb "to be" in the first and second person pronouns. We discussed prepositions to help her construct full sentences. Overall, it was a great session."
"Today we had our first test on personal pronouns and the student got a perfect score! Today we started studying the regular verbs in the present tense starting with the verbs ending in AR. We started off with three verbs: comprar, estudiar, hablar and mainly focused on food vocabulary to form sentences. For homework, exercises on page xxi B and D and also page 26 A and B. He is doing very well, and is very motivated to study the material, practicing his Spanish at work, and labeling vocabulary items at home."
"We reviewed the present perfect (form of haber + past participle) as well as irregular participles. We practiced with some special prepositional phrases, too, like "acabar de + infinitive, tener la oportunidad de + infinitive" and others. We reviewed some of the chapter vocabulary, too."
"We reviewed the ser and estar conjugations, and he seemed to have grasped the concept. We also talked about the present progressive form. We did extra sample questions that I made up and talked about each one. Lastly, we reviewed reflexive pronouns."
"We reviewed the student's grades and discovered that he is really struggling with his listening skills and ser vs. estar. I spoke a great deal more Spanish (30-40% of the session) and will continue to do so. We worked on ser vs. estar, and he began to improve in the hour. We did extra work not assigned to him. His grade has gone down a bit, and I think if we start meeting regularly again, this will help."