Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has her final coming up in 7 days. She and I reviewed yesterday the preterito verb tense, and practice putting in the sentences some of her past vocabulary. She said she also has 19 pages of vocab for the exam. I asked her to send me the pages that she is having the most trouble memorizing, and today we spent the time reviewing the words, using repetition and memory tricks for harder words as our main activity. I advised her to do flashcards for all the words, especially those she doesn't know off the top of her head. I also gave her a quiz in el imperfecto to test out to see how she is doing remembering this verb tense. I asked her to review it for our next tutoring session. She is doing much better on memorizing words. Repetition seems to work as a good learning method of vocabulary with her, while for verbs, it seems to be using the verbs in full sentence with words she is familiar with. Her work effort is clear. She has a lot of content being given to her by her teacher, including new vocabulary a week before the exam, which can be a challenge for any student. She will need to study at least 30 minutes a day until the test, but if she does this, she should expect a B at least, if not an A, on the test from what I have seen in her recent performance."
"We reviewed demonstrative adjectives and pronouns. We also identified impersonal 'se', and informal commands. We did an activity which involved using adjectives to identify people and things her surrounding in the library. The student es muy inteligente! Her Spanish knowledge is very impressive!"
"In our session today we reviewed what will be on the student's final exam tomorrow: when to use por and when to use para, conjugations in the present tense, and the past tense (preterite and imperfect), and conjugations in the present and past tense of reflexive verbs, as well as indirect and direct object pronouns. To practice all of these I showed examples, he conjugated the verbs, I wrote sentences incorrectly and he had to fix them, I wrote sentences with a blank and he had to put the correct verb conjugation based on the sentence, etc. He always has a positive attitude and he communicates well with me. He asks me questions anytime he feels he needs to and he also lets me know what he feels he needs more practice on. So we spent a lot of time on conjugations. We also discussed how he was going to study for his exam and I gave him tips on how to memorize certain concepts. I feel that he will do well on his final. He knows the conjugations, but sometimes he made minor mistakes when not paying attention to the infinitive of the verb. I explained this to him and he knows to take his time during the exam and to check his work. Over all our session was productive and he did a great job reviewing the material."
"We first did review and practiced all the material we studied yesterday. We answered some questions while reviewing our new words, which were: half, grandmother and grandfather, together, who, from, same, different, sorry, and it's ok. They were working so quickly, that I was able to giving them a lot of material to work on. They remembered not only speaking, but writing as well."
"The student and I reviewed our lesson on regular preterite verbs. I then introduced her to some irregular preterite verb patterns. We worked on a lot of conjugation practice problems to aid memorization of these verb endings. This is a new concept for her, so conjugations took some time to complete. We used the verb charts I provided her as a guide. We spent the remainder of the session working on reading comprehension problems from the National Spanish Exam practice test. We noted any unfamiliar vocabulary to expand upon the comprehension exercises."
"We had a very first session and went over the Spanish alphabet, the pronouns, some nouns and adjectives, and the verbs SER and ESTAR."