Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student got a 90 on his quiz last week. So far he has gotten back two other quizzes, one in the 90s and one 88%. He is doing wonderfully. Today we went over his homework for the upcoming week online which was quite extensive. Most of it was reading and comprehension. The topics we will be reviewing in the next couple of weeks are the present perfect tense (which we started reviewing today), past perfect tense, and the subjunctive of perfect tenses. The vocabulary is about health and fitness."
"Last night, both students and I had our last session for the school year. To finish off the year, we reviewed the last three grammatical topics: reflexive verbs, lo and lo que, and the present progressive. They were provided a study sheet which they filled in with definitions of the concepts. They also completed the exercises that were on the study sheet, which required them to use each one of the grammatical topics mentioned above. Now they have a complete study guide with all of the grammatical topics that they have learned during the year. They know that they can contact me via email to discuss and provide feedback on any written compositions they might have to write in preparation for their final exam."
"We spent the bulk of our time constructing her speech that she has to give on a natural disaster, and then practicing it. I gave her lots of guidance on pronunciation, and we repeated it together over and over until she had all pronunciations correct. After we perfected that, we went on to some new tenses. I introduced her to the present perfect and the past perfect and showed her several applications of the tenses. Finally, we practiced diminutives and augmentatives. Overall it was a wonderful and productive session!"
"Today, the student and I completed lesson 13. We began with a quick conversational review, and I provided corrections when necessary. We are reinforcing vocabulary terms and regularly using preterite construction in our warm-up questions. We focused our lesson today on hacer and its conjugations and idiomatic uses. We went over the conjugations together, and then incorporated them into conversation. We then went over some common idiomatic phrases with hacer, and practiced the phrases. Near the end of our lesson, we spent time going over using hacer with weather expressions, and we reinforced other vocabulary terms. For our next lesson, we will pick up on weather vocabulary and expressions, and introduce additional verbs."
"Today, the student and I went over the various uses of "por" and "para." While testing her comprehension of these words via translated sentences, we also reviewed the past tense of -ar and -ir verbs and the irregular verb "enir," as well as several new vocabulary items and others we had discussed in previous lessons. As such, it became something of a holistic review. She was a little rusty today, but she did very well on "por" and "para." Her instinctive grasp of the language is impressive so far. On Monday, I plan on going back over the commands, quizzing her on old vocabulary, and working more on the past tense."
"Today, the student and I went through the basics from the alphabet, counting from 1 - 1,000, currency differences in some Latin American countries, and how to understand a cashier when giving a price in terms of U.S. dollar equivalents. We also went over how to ask for certain locations and understanding common responses that might be given. We started to review AR/ER/IR verb conjugation so that he could recognize spoken words."