Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on reviewing preterit and imperfect again. The student is getting very good at it, and only needs a small amount of prompting to get the harder examples. We also today talked about strategies for improving her listening and understanding skills. We listened to some Spanish music, and read the lyrics. I gave her a list of good songs to start with and also suggested watching her favorite childhood movies in Spanish. Today we also started talking about commands, and when to use the different forms and levels of formality."
"At the start of the session, I walked the student through a few exercises to solidify her knowledge of the present subjunctive as well as the use of "por" and "para," both of which mean "for" in English. She conjugates regular verbs well. She struggles a little when using irregular verbs whose stems change in the subjunctive. We dedicated the rest of session to review (1) the future tense, (2) the conditional tense, (3) the imperative tense (in the affirmative and in the negative), and (4) subject pronouns and prepositional pronouns. She handles well the future and conditional. She struggles a little with the imperative but understands clearly which conjugation to use in the affirmative and which one to use in the negative. I asked her to spend a chunk of her time that evening studying and memorizing the stem changes and conjugations of irregular verbs."
"The student and I did a listening activity with a song in Spanish. I gave her a sheet with the lyrics to the song Tengo with blanks that she had to fill in as she heard the words in the song. Then, we went through and translated the song into English. We then reviewed the new vocab for her next section. She seemed to like the song activity and asked if I would bring another next week."
"Last night, the student and I reviewed the subjunctive in its use in relative clauses. We went over syntax and modification rules. We also reviewed the subjunctive conjugations. We then reviewed vocabulary through drill exercises. Then, we went over uses of indicative versus subjunctive verbs in adjectival clauses."
"The student had a test this past week, and he thinks it went well. Today, we started learning the vocabulary for the new chapter and the present perfect tense. We went through and defined all of the new words and did a couple of vocabulary exercises in the textbook. We also did some grammar exercises to practice the new tense. He is getting better at reading and pronunciation. He also knows all the vocabulary words."
"The student has an exam in Spanish. We went over his study guide and homework. He is working on vocabulary (nouns, adjective, pronouns, and verbs), verb conjugation, and syntax. I gave him some study materials, and we came up with a couple of new systems that should help him learn the material."