Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The informal commands were covered today. The student also learned new vocabulary related to clothing. He practiced listening comprehension and writing. We also practiced conversation. He is speaking Spanish with a great conversation."
"The student and I reviewed his homework on the subjunctive and made review flashcards for subjunctive phrases. We spent the bulk of the session practicing irregular participles and the past perfect with a jeopardy game and a sentence strip game. I also showed him a strategy he can use to map vocabulary to improve his understanding."
"The student and I spent the first half of our session discussing her recent trips out of the country. She showed me photos and talked about where she had been and what she saw (in Spanish, of course). We next discussed an excerpt from a novel by Isabel Allende in our reader and went over vocabulary questions. She then read me a summary she had written of the latest chapter we read from the novel we're reading. We then spent the last portion of the session going over grammar exercises that she had done, practicing the use of the subjunctive. She's doing quite well with the concept."
"The student and I spent the first part of this session going over a short story (3 paragraphs) that he had written for homework with the errors indicated by his professor that he was to correct for re-submission. We discussed the errors and the corrections which he seemed to understand. Most were common errors such as verb/adjective agreement and continuity of conjugations in a particular phrase. We spent most of the rest of the session reviewing and practicing the use of direct and indirect object pronouns. I left him a printout of explanations and phrases using the object pronouns and encouraged him to read the phrases out loud when studying them as to reinforce the sentence structure when using them."
"The student and I started our session by reviewing the use of the imperfect versus the preterit and conjugating in those tenses, 3 irregular verbs, and 3 regular verbs. She practiced the tenses as she spoke in Spanish about her past week. She's improving her choice of one over the other depending on the circumstances. We then delved into the use of the imperative, and I highlighted the use of the subjunctive in the negative form of the imperative (ex., "don't do that"). The student practiced that tense a few times. We then moved into the use of the subjunctive in phrases of possible outcomes in the future. We will delve into the subjunctive a little further in our next 2 sessions, as she is starting to have a firmer grasp of when to use it. We finished our session with the use of the future tense. She learned an approximate 30 new terms and around 5 frequently used phrases."
"The student and I started with a grade check, and all of his grades are B's or better, with one exception in Biology with a C. He spent the entire time working on a lengthy study guide for a test in Biology that he has on Friday. He had to write the questions and then find the answers. He was good at finding the answers, and we discussed each one so that he had a better understanding of the concepts presented (atoms, elements, periodic table, covalent and ionic bonds, structure of lipids, carbs, proteins, amino acids). He was focused and asked good questions during the session."