Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I completed lesson 20. We started with our normal warm-up conversation, and we are regularly switching back and forth between different tenses. He is doing a great job responding with the correct conjugation. We focused the rest of the lesson on the imperfect tense. We have touched on it in the past, but today we spent a good amount of time going over the conjugations, uses, irregular verbs, and then going into practice questions. Additionally, we introduced new vocabulary during our conversation. He did very well during our lesson today. We used very little English except for clarification purposes, and he continues to improve with his conjugation accuracy."
"Today's session went well. For the first 15 minutes we reviewed regular and irregular present tense conjugations. Then we embarked on the Preterite tense for the first time. I taught her the two types of regular conjugations (-ar and -er-/ir ) in the past tense. We then practiced them both for the remainder of the time with various worksheets to help with retention. Next session we will cover the irregulars and practice what we did today. She did very well!"
"Today's session with the student was about how to write a presentation. I helped her how to write an essay about Goya, a famous Spanish painter. I explained her how to express the different ideas and facts in Spanish. She had all the information, but she struggles when trying to write Spanish. In writing an essay, one must first understand the difference between languages and how one culture says one thought and how it is different from other cultures. She grasped very easily how to do this translation. I also explained her the use of different ways to express the same idea with different words. She is really improving her knowledge of Spanish."
"We began the lesson by reviewing information that we had covered for introductions. However, we focused more on the 3rd person singular. Next, we learned new vocabulary for houses and prepositions. We used this information to give specific instructions on where we would need to place things inside of a house. We also learned how to properly change words from the singular form to the plural form and practiced this with a miniature quiz."
"We began with a brief revision of formal commands. We then studied informal commands and how it changes in its negative form. We did sentences with all of them. Next we studied 8 forms of irregular informal commands and how they change in their negative form. We also began studying commands with object pronouns (both indirect and direct) but we need to practice them more. Last, we listened to a song by Marc Anthony "No me ames", which included a lot of commands. The student says he feels more confident when speaking in Spanish now and that he has received a good rapport from his fellow Spanish speaking colleagues."
"We began, as usual, with a quiz over multiplication tables. The student is steadily improving but needs to put in more practice to make the kind of significant progress that I'm looking for. We did a quick refresher on dividing polynomials from our last session, and then we did some factoring practice, as this is a key skill for the SAT test. We then moved on to some more complex rules involving exponents. We talked about methods of division and covered prime numbers. Finally, we started looking at graphing quadratic equations. She is definitely improving, but we still have a few foundations to get steadily in place. Her attitude towards the subject has improved significantly."