Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked mainly on preparation for the student's upcoming oral exam. We covered stem-changing verbs, vocabulary and conjugating verbs. We reviewed other areas for the written portion of the final. I asked him to work on several sections for homework. As always, he is working hard and making progress."
"Today we reviewed negative informal commands. The student then created study materials to prepare for next week's quiz. We also reviewed the use of direct objects and direct object pronouns in Spanish. It was a great session!"
"In our last session of the school year, the student and I worked on a study guide for her final exam in Spanish the following day. As a quick progress note: she received a 90% on her final exam in physics scoring an A in the class as her final grade. She worked very hard over the course of the whole semester and thoroughly deserved this result for her work. Awesome job! Today in Spanish we covered mostly high-yield grammatical concepts that will appear on her exam. The most important of which being the difference between the preterite and imperfect past tenses. Generally speaking, we use the imperfect to set the scene, describe intangible things such as emotion, talk about past routines and habits, as well as describe actions happening in the background, or "meanwhile". The student is actually very adept with this concept, and even though it is tough to feel 100% confident while answering questions testing this knowledge, she should feel reassured that she has done very well with it in the past and that she has a strong foundation in her rules that she has gained with significant practice. We also briefly covered ser versus estar, somewhat of a deep review concept, but still very important nonetheless. Overall, we were able to cover as much grammar as we possibly could, but the majority of the points she will earn on the exam will come from her rote memorization of vocabulary presented to her over the course of the last several chapters and, ultimately, this is something that she has to prepare for on her own. She has set up flashcards with vocabulary terms/definitions on quizzes that she has been reviewing and I encouraged her heavily to continue doing this later on to make sure the terms are solidified. Looking at a practice exam given to her to study with, simply having vocabulary terms embedded in her head will provide a large number of points on the test. Otherwise, she feels confident with the grammar and was definitely ready in that respect; with some more vocabulary review I have no doubt she will have all of the tools to succeed on this final exam."
"Today we reviewed counting numbers and practiced sentence building extensively using flashcards and re-ordering sentences, without the assistance of pinyin and cheat sheets. This lesson focused on reading/memorizing the common Chinese characters and building block words as well as developing proper grammatical structure. The student did a nice job today and was able to manipulate the building block words and correctly rearrange sentences to make them grammatically correct. I am looking forward to the next lesson on Wednesday."
"We learned the Pinyin structure, pronunciation, general and special rules, and how to distinguish confusing or similar terms. The students are very smart and catch up with new concepts very fast. I left work for them to practice on their own time, and we will review the materials we learned today in next session."
"We reviewed for the student's upcoming lesson 3 test, he was very motivated and was fun to work with! He was interested in working with the vocab and reviewing workbook exercises. We reviewed tones and knowing where to put them in the pinyin, we also reviewed stroke order. By the end of the lesson he was correcting his own stroke order and doing it right on the first try! The best way to continue for his test will be to write and rewrite the character, I suggested maybe a whiteboard (that's how I memorized for my tests in Chinese)."