Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We first translated a series of sentences into Spanish. The student did a great job. He is learning the grammar very well and every day his vocabulary increases. Then we went over a video, and completed the whole video! He is working hard at understanding people's speech and at getting a feel for the language."
"The student and I had a session where we did an exam review over preterit (I walked, I saw, etc.) and imperfect verb forms (I used to, I was walking). She told me that she understood better but sometimes still has problems with knowing when to use each form, so we spent a lot of the session going over that. We also went over irregular verbs (verbs with spelling changes that most verbs don't have). I also gave her examples of English verbs (I was studying, I lived, etc.), so that way she could associate Spanish verb tenses with English verbs she is familiar with. We went over a couple of practice sheets she had from class, and I had her pick if a verb should be preterit or imperfect and also had her explain why each verb was that way. She told me that she felt more comfortable with knowing when to use each verb form. Overall, I think she has more challenges with understanding specific vocabulary and not so much understanding the grammar. I left her extra practice as adding a few verbs that have irregular spelling changes so that she can be more prepared for her exam tomorrow."
"This session, the student and I began with a review of yesterday's concepts, solidifying the fourth and fifth declensions and participles. We discussed uses of the ablative and accusative. We then went over subjunctives, discussing volitives, purpose clauses, result clauses, and indirect questions. We also reviewed comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs with irregulars. Next time, we will review one final subjunctive type and then translate Caesar, to practice this skill for section two of the test. Nice work."
"The student is really progressing. We went over the first through fifth conjugations and the first through fifth declensions. We reviewed the difference in tenses. We then went through four sentences in his Latin text to work on his translation skills. I am very proud of him and feel he is trying very, very hard and learning a lot. He should have first and second declension memorized for next week, as well as fourth and fifth declension."
" This was my first session with this student. He has a test tomorrow on present active and perfect passive participles. He wanted me to explain the difference between the two participles. I asked him to write the participles on the whiteboard that he was identifying in a practice teacher had given to him. We then went to the translation in stage XXII, and he translated into English scenes two and three. As he translated, he identified the participles. In some of the sentences, he had a little trouble getting the right person of the verbs. I suggested to him that he look closely at the endings of his verbs before he begins to translate a sentence. He will have vocabulary words on the test tomorrow. I suggested that he look at online flashcards to check himself on knowing the meanings of these words."
"The student did just great today! We continued our work on the translations, then moved over to our coverage of personal pronouns. She handled the material with ease. We did more review of the various tenses, and we continued to review the two voices. She worked hard today!"