Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met for our final session together before she transitions to another tutor. We began by critiquing her practice essay. It is showing definite improvement in the problem areas, and I am pleased to see that no new problems have cropped up, which is a good sign. We finished the Intro to Math chapter and the brief review chapter to conclude my curriculum (the math tutor will have different curriculum). Finally, we spent the last 20 minutes of the session in vocabulary drills."
"The student's test got pushed back to Friday so we used this time to review for his exam. We reviewed logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric identities, solving for trigonometric problems, and how to use the graphing calculator to prove identities. We focused mostly on working under pressure by solving for potential test problems with a time constraint."
"The student's new homework assignment over random sampling was reviewed. The biggest hurdle we faced was understanding the difference between strata and clusters; aside from that, the concepts proved to be no trouble for him."
"The student was preparing for a math exam, so we worked on multiple volume of prisms calculations. He understood it well when he had to calculate the volume of each prism, but he had to work a little harder on problems that gave him the volume and asked to find the length of one of the sides. He eventually understood with practice. "
"The student and I discussed his Law assignment and went over how to answer multi-part long response or essay questions. We went over his essay response and corrected it for style and content. The student is an excellent writer and is particularly good at understanding difficult legal and ethical concepts."
"Specifically we covered the past tense is Spanish. The preterit; we went over when to use it, what words correspond with the use of the preterit and the verb conjugations. The student didn't struggle too much with anything, he just needs to begin using the verbs more so that they are understood easily and stored into memory. The student's attitude was great. Very cooperative, positive, and excited to learn. I explained some grammatical concepts/ strategies. There are no concerns from the session. He is a great student to work with and he puts 100% effort into understanding the material. He understood the conjugations of the regular verbs quickly."
"During this session I finished going over the worksheet with the "dar" expressions with the student. I gave her examples of when and how they are used. After that I asked her to construct five sentences with those expressions in various tenses. She did well, but had a little difficulty remembering how to conjugate the verb "dar" in some tenses. I then explained to her what my plan is for future sessions (cual vs. que, pronouns, conditional tense). For homework I asked her to write 15 sentences in the various tenses she has learned for each of the expressions we reviewed."
"We went over a quiz I made on the question words of "how, what, when, who, where, and why". It was a hard quiz, even though I tried to make it easy because these types of questions require different verb tenses and lots of vocabulary. I am going to make him another quiz for Tuesday. I think I will make it in English and that he has to translate the sentences. We'll see if that works better. Then we went over lots of sentences and questions for small talk. We discussed how in Spanish you are expected to ask those questions to people often; it makes individuals feel cared for and noticed."
"We went over the test that student took during our last session, and she made corrections. We focused on vocabulary for this session, learning words for rooms and objects around the house. We did exercises to help learn the vocabulary words. We discussed using a language app as a way for her to consistently practice Spanish, in lieu of other homework assignments. I had student give me a list of ten verbs she wants to learn, and told her that I will prepare next week's lesson using those verbs."
"Reviewed last week's homework about reading comprehension and the esto, esta, esa, esos, esas, aquel, aquella forms. Also, went over the written assignments and corrected minor grammatical errors. And we learned about Latin American pop culture, answering ¿que sabes sobre Latino America?"
"In our first tutoring session, the student learned the basics of Spanish pronunciation using a teacher-provided learning packet. The contents of this session included the 5 vowel sounds, consonant sounds and the rules for stress in Spanish. The goal of the tutoring session was to generate confidence in the student by showing how the consistency of pronunciation and accent use makes Spanish an easy language to pronounce. In addition, the student was introduced to basic greetings. For homework, the student will complete a worksheet on greetings in Spanish."
"We completed the worksheet for CH.5 "Piratas." Then the student read CH.6 of "Piratas." She is showing improvement in her comprehension of what she is reading. She has a great attitude toward the material and found humor in the chapter she read. We continued to work on conjugating verbs correctly for the pronoun that it refers to. She is now caught up on her Spanish work at this point and that is very exciting!"