Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We practiced the present perfect and reviewed the irregulars. The student seemed to remember our mnemonic devises and other tricks with ease. We used one strategy: REVV MAC PHD DID to help with the irregulars and practiced brain dumps which is a strategy that the student is encouraged to use on her quiz. I coached her in effective note taking and we did many drills to reinforce the information. She has a positive attitude and says that the session really helped. I am happy to help! She is a wonderful student."
"We reviewed ser and estar, and when to use them, and I introduced some family vocabulary. The students faced challenges on when to use ser and when to use estar at the start of the lesson, but made tremendous improvement as we went along. The students had an incredibly positive attitude and showed great progress from their last session. I noticed that both of their pronunciations were quite good and very impressive."
"We did a diagnostic on the student's Spanish skill level to see where she was and talked a lot about how we wanted to structure our sessions and what materials we want to use. We covered basic tenses to refresh her memory. I will be sending along a lot of great study materials for her to use in between sessions. We had a blast and I am very excited to move forward!"
"The session included both students this time. It had a few grammar lessons and conversational practice. Amongst the concepts we discussed possessive adjectives, irregular verbs and rules of accentuation. Both students seemed interested and participated thoroughly. Extra practice was left on reading and exercises."
"The student and I reviewed uses for the subjunctive and incorporated his current vocabulary. Later, we reviewed his retention by completing online worksheets. The student's oral skills are improving as he continues to read through his activities out audibly."
"Today we went over AR verbs in the present tense and had more practice making up sentences. The student did very well. He is memorizing the material and knows and understands how to apply it. He is also doing a great job at applying what he learns at work. We started learning about SER and how in Spanish there are two verbs for the verb to be. We went over the conjugation, when is Ser used and worked on some sentences. Today we also worked on pronunciation and reading comprehension."
"The student will have a vocabulary test this week. We reviewed it all. Then we reviewed the grammar for commands because it will also be included. He said he feels very confident to take the test now."
"Great class. We first translated a list of sentences from English to Spanish that contained question words like who, when, why, and how. This was easier than the fill-in-the-blank sentences I wrote the last time. Then we started watching the 2nd episode of the set of three Spanish (Castilian) videos."
"For homework, the student had taken vocabulary words and basic verbs/questions from previous handouts to create his own sentences. He typed them up and read them to me to check comprehensibility. The student did really well with this exercise. I showed him the flashcards I had made for him so he could continue quizzing himself and physically mixing and matching to form different phrases."
"We continued to work on ser/estar and added some additional adjectives and traits, as well as words to describe the face and body. I asked the student to invent four fictional characters, helping her choose words to describe their personality and physical characteristics and other identifying traits (where they're from, if they have pets, if they live in a big house or little house, what their families are like, etc.). Next week we will continue with descriptions and then add some additional verbs by narrating a brief story centered on these four imaginary characters."
"In this session we reviewed new concepts such as present progressive, demonstrative pronouns and new vocabulary. We completed a series of written and spoken exercises to review all important concepts that we have covered so far."
"We have continued with the cultural section of the lessons. We talked about Colombia and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, we talked about Peru and the Spanish conquistadors. We built new vocabulary and practiced conversations."