Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I reviewed present subjunctive and preterite. We are beginning review for his upcoming final exam. He completed approximately 7 exercises and worked really hard. It was apparent that he has mastered the material and I was impressed with how much he remembered. Next week we will review the use of esta, este, eso and complete more preterite and imperfect exercises."
"Last time I met with her we worked on preparing her for an in-class composition. This time we had a make-up session to review for her next Spanish exam. As we worked through her study guide, I made an on-going list of vocabulary words I thought she could study up a bit on. We spent the majority of the time reviewing vocabulary and being able to distinguish between tenses based on the conjugated verb, including all three tenses, as well as the subjunctive. I think our time studying helped clear up some of her questions and helped set her up to continue studying for the test on her own time."
"We continued reviewing the Spanish subjunctive and the various types of commands. We worked ahead and also reviewed the grammar in the next chapter- the present perfect, past perfect, and direct and indirect pronouns."
"During this session we prepared a PowerPoint presentation about the Mayan counting system in Spanish. First we read about this unique counting system and then we put together a series of slides explaining the way it works."
"The student and I went over some materials I prepared, refreshing his memory about the progressive tense and identifying direct and indirect objects. As usual, he shows a good grasp of what he's learning in class, and we are starting to fill in earlier lapses in fundamentals by practicing vocabulary and reviewing conjugation rules for other verb tenses. He has a test coming up, so we pulled some drills from his textbook to help him prepare. We both felt that he was on good footing for the exam, and I offered to send him additional study materials if he needed them."
"The student and I were already completely caught up with the material being covered in class, so we decided to work ahead. We covered new material having to do with hobbies, music, events, and new grammar. We conversed in Chinese, and I also suggested a Chinese film to the student after he expressed significant knowledge of modern Chinese history. He has continued to improve in the area of pronunciation, and we continue to drill that. He still does well with character recall."
"The student is currently preparing for an exam tomorrow, so we discussed mostly material that she wanted to clarify. We talked about grammar points and the use of specific vocabulary, measure words, and using numbers."
"We followed up on the student's audio quizzes, practiced Ch2 talking about family, and dissected the first portion of his reading assignment for his class."
"We have changed our meeting time to Thursdays now because of our schedule. This time I brought in some of my own materials to use, instead of his textbook. The student was reticent about taking Chinese next year, but says because of me he will register for Chinese and continue the challenge!"
"Today the student and I covered Ch. 5 and reviewed the new vocabulary. We went over speaking, listening and writing exercises, and also worked with grammar."
"The student and I did the Chinese Zodiac today. I designed this for both reviewing the animals that she already mastered and the rest of the cultural signs of the zodiac in China. I had a Zodiac children's song (video) for the student and she learned it very fast. We had a few repetitions until she got familiar enough to sing the song by herself and went back to the words and sound over again making sure that she knows all the pronunciation of the animals in the zodiac. The student shows a lot of interest and did a great job on the singing part. We also watched a short video about ancient Chinese folk tales referring to the Chinese Zodiac and how the twelve animals became the signs of the zodiac for Chinese years. She seemed to like the section a lot."