Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the gustar, adjective and verb agreement, reviewed some vocabulary and the verb estar and ser briefly. The student wasn't struggling much, just some memorization difficulties at times. She was engaged. I advised she use some word association techniques to aid memorization as well as using syllables to aid pronunciation. No extra practice or scores to note progress. No concerns, I left confident that she understands."
"We did a revision of homework. The student is very dedicated and very well understood. He really wants to learn and is making good progress. "
"We did more practice with -ir and -er verb conjugation. I also discussed with the student the uses of "estar" versus "ser," as while both mean "to be," they are used in different contexts. He can quickly conjugate "ser" when looking at a sentence. He has also demonstrated his learning of conjugation patterns for the -er and -ir verbs. He is strong in both of these areas. On Friday, we will meet at a Latino supermarket so that he can get more practice with conversation in a Spanish-speaking environment."
"We finished doing our review of past lessons. Then, we studied the Preterite form of regular, irregular, and stem changing verbs. We finished the class with a little bit of conversation where I asked Adam what he had done yesterday so he could practice past tense."
"We focused on preparing for the end of unit Spanish exam today. The student is learning preterite and imperfect, along with travel terms. He has a plan of action to complete the studying through review of terms and using a few web pages I shared with him to help study the verb tenses. We also reviewed a bit about the research paper in English, for which I asked him to email me the overview sheet before our next session. He received a 79 on his history exam. The teacher told the class only five students passed, and Alex was on that list. Next week, we will switch our schedule to Tuesdays going forward."
"We greeted each other, asked about the past weekend's activities, and responded in Spanish. I made corrections where needed. We also reviewed and practiced the rules for using preterite and imperfect tenses, with emphasis on the differences and similarities between the verbs SER and IR, which have similar preterite forms, which corresponded to the practice handout, that I emailed her at the end of last week's session. We also used this vocabulary during a role play activity. She didn't feel as confident as she expected with some of the related verbs, so I also gave her four verbs with which to review for our next session. I also assured her that practice would build her confidence. I further suggested some additional time, during the week, for further practice. She said she'd think about it."