Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"With the first student, we reviewed what we learned last time. Then we practiced the "massage spa" scenario where he learned other vocab and phrases. We used shorter compound words then moved to longer and more complex phrases. New vocab for him was: combination and massage, new phrase were: "I want...." by the end, he learned how to use all these words to express what he wanted. I gave the second student an overview test today and she did very well! She remembered most of the words and not only understood them but also how to say them as well as writing some of them. Very impressive! We reviewed almost everything, from animals to body parts to numbers, we counted 1-50. Her dictation was excellent as well!"
"We continued preparation for the final exam during this session. There were some continuations from last time and everything went well."
"I brought a new toy for my student in this session, a game which is like monopoly. The student needs to learn the words of animals and numbers, as well as colors during the game. In this session, the first half of class went very well, because the little boy seemed in a good mood and was very happy and willing to say and talk; however, when he lost his interest in one activity, he went away to play by himself. Therefore, I followed him and played along with him. When he was playing with the water balls, I hid many small toy animals inside the bowl, and asked him to find one for me. If he wanted it, I asked him to say the word after me. Overall, it was a pleasant experience with the student. Since he is very young, we were trying to use repetition to help him remember more words."
"We covered mainly the past tense and Spanish pronominal verbs; he wrote on his own a text about his week, which was a chance to learn new key verbs (wake up, have a dinner, together, be late, a team, start, etc.). The student is very willing to learn. In the following lessons, beside his homework, we'll focus on oral discussions (the part he has difficulty with). I'll add some entertainment contents to make him speak, using things he likes. It's definitely a win, as he is smart, willing, and has solid Spanish basics, that we're going to be able to move forward."
"We covered present progressive conjugation of the "ir" and "venir" verbs and how the helper verb, "estar," is used to put these verbs into the present progressive. We also discussed conjugating the verb hacer in its present tense and the uses of this verb as a helper verb, as well. Student was struggling most with the use of helper verbs as the conjugation of the main verbs does not change. We discussed this at length and the student appeared to understand all concepts at the end of the sessions. Student's attitude was excellent and appeared eager to learn. She was well prepared for the session. I used various example of the verb's usages in different Hispanic cultures to ensure the student understood different cultures can have different understandings of the same verb depending on its use. No extra practice and no scores nor grades. No concerns."
"We focused on the following to prepare for her test: Train vocab, plane vocab, past tense verb conjugation, irregular past tense conjugation (the 'dirty' dozen). The student has sharp focus. She learns quickly. She only struggles a little with the irregulars, which she was grasping a lot better toward the end."