Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I completed another Spanish lesson. We focused on incorporating his newer verb sheets and practiced using the different conjugations and subject pronouns in sentences. We worked on sentences with the verbs encantar, fascinar, interesar, escuchar, dormer, and estudiar. We also spent some time talking about how the present indicative tense in Spanish translates into English in both affirmative and negative sentences. We also spent time going over how to clarify and emphasize with subject pronouns. He continues to improve with his pronunciation and frequently chooses the correct conjugation when translating a sentence. For homework, he will continue to practice his additional verb sheets so we can utilize them during translation exercises in our next lesson."
"Today, the student and I covered the possessive adjectives mi, tu, su, etc., and the indirect objects me, te, le, etc. We reviewed the appropriate way to tell the time, practiced some present tense verbs, and discussed some new expressions and vocabulary words. The lesson was student driven (the best kind of lesson), as it arose from her questions regarding the difference between mi and me. Her attitude was again very positive, and it's clear she's studying a lot and making excellent progress. Her pronunciation was markedly better this time. She is motivated to take the next step and master the verb endings, so I left her with some websites she can use to practice them in her spare time. Overall, it was a great lesson!"
"Today, the student and I delved deeper into uses of the preterit, and practiced translating phrases in the past tense. We also discussed how to link words more fluidly when speaking, and covered some of the most useful irregular preterit verbs. She is noticeably improving, and it is wonderful to see."
"Today, the student and I did some practice translating and answering questions with Spanish advertisements and flyers. I had him translate all of the Spanish for me, figuring out unknown words through context. Then, I gave him a couple of questions that he was able to easily answer. I am confident that he will succeed on the images part of the SAT exam. Then, we worked on some new vocab. I had prepared a list of about 30 opposites, such as "hot and cold" and "to win and to lose." He translated the ones he knew, and the rest he was able to recognize once he saw them in Spanish. Then, we reviewed Spanish commands - formal, informal, and nosotros, all positive and negative, and the eight informal positive irregulars. Commands can be confusing, but as we worked through some practice sentences, he caught on quickly and was writing great sentences using commands. I also worked on some of the expressions we had been practicing to make sure he sees those a lot and gets used to them."