Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first session with the student. I feel like the session went very well. My assessment of the student is that he is actually not so bad at language, it is just that he hasn't really been challenged very much. When he told me that he is not allowed to bring his Spanish book home for self-study, that made me feel a bit of concern--textbooks are critical for the speaking development of students. So, I recommended a small, inexpensive textbook that he can have for his personal study. I feel like our tutoring will be very effective, because he was very attentive, and seemed to readily grasp the concepts that we went over."
"Today the student and I went over present tense conjugations of regular and irregular verbs. He and I then looked at vocabulary words that I prepared which are relevant to his manufacturing job. After this we moved on to the preterite tense. He understood the concepts as we were going over them when we did a worksheet that asked him to conjugate the verbs. Spanish conjugation rules often require lots of memorization and I am impressed with the progress he is making after only two sessions. He and I also spoke in Spanish in a mock conversation and he did very well. At our next session, we plan to briefly review the present tense conjugations and spend most of our time on the preterite tense again."
"The student read from her journal, and we discussed the Sunday outing that she wrote about. We then did more practice with the use of certain phrases that use reflexive forms of the verb. She had written original sentences for practice and will do more for next time since these are a little tricky. We went over some more exercises using "ser" and "estar" and she plans on finishing the rest of this particular chapter by our next meeting. We discussed a recipe from "Better Reading Spanish" and the novel from which it was taken. She says she is enjoying the readings from this book. She then read aloud the summary that she wrote of Chapter 3 of the novel that we're reading and we clarified a couple of points. Her reading comprehension is quite good. It's always a pleasure working with her!"