Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session I helped the student prepare for her upcoming Spanish final exam. We reviewed most of the study guide provided by her professor and I explained anything that was still confusing to her. She will finish and review the study guide so that we can review that information one last time next week before her exam."
"He completed his assigned homework covering the use of por and para, as well as the imperative form for nosotros. I would provide explanation and guidance as necessary. Afterwards, using an online website, he completed a few practice quizzes on the use of por and para. I also had him redo the parts he had gotten wrong on his subjunctive quiz. I emailed the link to a website which had a good explanation of the use of por and para, as well as practice quizzes. Since they change units quite quickly in class, we decided a good strategy would be to text or email me what unit they are on a day or two before our next session."
"The student wants our sessions to focus on preparing for his Spanish final exam. He is most worried about verb conjugating - remembering how to conjugate verbs correctly in each tense, and also knowing when to use one tense vs. another. He showed me an old test on the present subjunctive and we went over it to correct his mistakes. I then gave him sentences in English to translate into Spanish, focusing not only on properly conjugating the verbs but also knowing when to use the infinite form, the present indicative form or the present subjunctive form. The student did very well and seemed to make quick progress. When I got home I made a worksheet with additional practice (English -> Spanish sentences using the present indicative, present subjunctive, preterite, imperfect, present perfect, past perfect, future and commands.) The plan is to go over this worksheet during our next meeting."
"Today, the student and I completed another Spanish lesson. We focused on incorporating his newer verb sheets and practiced using the different conjugations and subject pronouns into sentences. We worked on sentences with the verbs estudiar, dormir, escuchar, trabajar, comprar, entender, and comprender. We also spent some time talking about how the present indicative tense in Spanish translates into English in both affirmative and negative sentences. We also spent time going over prepositional pronouns and spent extra time going over the irregular pronouns. He continues to improve with his pronunciation and frequently chooses the correct conjugation when translating a sentence. For homework, he will continue to practice his additional verb sheets so we can utilize them during translation exercises in an upcoming lesson."
"Today, the student and I reviewed the spelling change o -> ue, went over the differences between ser and estar, and discussed the present progressive in Spanish. Some very important vocabulary words also came up (asi, casi, etc.) and we did a lot of conversation practice regarding things people typically say (i.e. "What time are you leaving," "I'm working right now."). I also introduced the past tense of ser and ir, as these verb forms come up frequently in conversation. She did very well today. Her pronunciation is improving, as is her attention to subject-verb and noun-adjective agreement. Tomorrow, I am going to start class with a little quiz that touches upon all of these concepts, and continue to do so moving forward. I am also going to slow it down a little and do more review, as I don't want things to get confusing."
"Today, the student and I reviewed the verbs I have assigned thus far, and incorporated some of the new vocabulary I assigned last week in creating some sentences. We did translation exercises in both directions (Spanish to English, then English to Spanish). She is progressing very well."