Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The session went very well. The student had 4 pages of homework dealing with the use of imperfect vs past tense. I explained when to use one or the other. The homework consisted of writing paragraphs, multiple choices, and fill in the blanks. On the project we worked 2 weeks ago, she got an "A.""
"The student and I covered basic medical terminology in Spanish as well as useful words and phrases that she can use to communicate more effectively with the Spanish speaking patients that she encounters! She felt very confident about the list we created and will practice the vocabulary so that she is prepared to use them in basic conversation in our next session!"
"The student and I did a basic verbal level assessment first. I found him to have a decent grammatical understanding but to be struggling with some of the more core concept/cornerstone material. We reviewed pronouns (Yo, Tu, El, Ella, Usted, Nosotros, Vosotros, Ellos, Ellas, Ustedes), meaning and usage, and how to conjugate regular -AR -ER and -IR verbs in the present tense. Then we moved into stem-changing present tense verbs. Recommendations - Flashcards!!! General goal of "thinking in Spanish" rather than mentally translating every word into English."
"The student and I met for the first time. We reviewed his old quizzes, discussing grammar like a personal, indirect pronouns, and some vocabulary. His teacher has a large emphasis on translation, so we did some practice examples. We also talked about the differences between ser/estar and preterite/imperfect. We reviewed these with online examples. I left the student with some online practice examples he can work on to review imperfect and preterite. We will have another session tomorrow to make sure he is ready for his test."
"The student and I reviewed definitions of verbs in preparation for a test. He was prepared with all of his flashcards, and seemed ready to work, which is great to see in someone so young. We first reviewed the verbs that he felt comfortable with and knew the definitions to; it was more than half of the stack of flashcards! We then continued to review/learn the meanings of the remaining verbs. We looked at 30 words, and he mastered 26 of those words. There was no point in which he seemed frustrated or disinterested. He tried very hard and was very good about not looking at his cards unless I gave him the o.k. He is to review and learn the definitions of the remaining flashcards in preparation for our next session. This initial session was definitely successful; I am sure that he is going to do very well in the next three weeks despite his busy schedule."
"The student and I reviewed some basics of Spanish I, including ser vs. estar, conjugating -ar verbs, tener que vs. hay que, and describing people. He struggled with remembering the forms of the verbs to use, but he got better as we continued to practice. I was happy with his progress this evening, and gave him some study tips for his quiz tomorrow."