Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed an exam he took before I started tutoring in which he did not do so well on. We went over the errors and what the corrections should have been. We started preparing for his written portion of his Spanish final by answering questions in full sentence structure. He has also been introduced to the imperfect verb tense. We wrote out index cards like we did the last time. The student found this study technique that I introduced him to, to be very helpful."
"The student and I started by working on her new vocabulary words, and spent the rest of the session reviewing the differences between the preterite tense and imperfect tense (a difference that takes time to sink in, especially because the difference doesn't always exist in English). I asked her to write a brief draft introduction to an upcoming project where she will have to present a story about her childhood in Spanish to the class. Through this activity, we discussed the reasons/logic for using the preterite versus the imperfect tense, reviewed conjugations of the imperfect tense, and also used what she wrote as a tool for conversation practice."
"This was our last lesson for the school year. I helped the student to review for the oral portion of his final exam. We translated all questions and made up our own responses. Then I would ask him the questions arbitrarily and he would have to give the correct response. We did this several times until he got a perfect score."
"The student and I went into further detail regarding the formal and informal commands. We talked about the affirmative and negative commands and what makes them different. We also discussed using the commands with nosotros/nosotras. She struggled just a bit with using pronouns and verbs to write a phrase correctly with a positive command and later a negative command. The student felt confident by the end of the session."
"This evening, we covered last week's 2 sessions by going over verbs, vocab, and various conjugations (past, present, future tenses). Afterwards, we covered "present progressive" verb structures with sample sentences. Then, we worked on "gustar," "fascinar," "interesar," and other similar verbs with sample sentences. We concluded the session by having the student write a brief paragraph about himself. We then went over it to discuss what he did right and wrong. I asked him to write a new paragraph with corrections and a few more sentences before our next session."
"This session was mostly geared toward finding where the student's strengths and weaknesses were. We spoke in Spanish about how long the student had studied Spanish and did some role playing activities."