Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The preterite tense with irregular verbs was covered today. The student has now a very good Spanish pronunciation; he has improved it a lot. He practiced listening comprehension and writing. His writing is excellent. He is doing very good in his Spanish sessions. Congratulations!"
"The student did his online exam and seemed to feel pretty comfortable with the material he was tested on. We also went over some of his lessons from Chapter 3 on family-related vocabulary and conjugating the verb "ser." He struggled a bit with associating the conjugation with the appropriate subject but caught on to the more difficult cases by the end. At the end of the session, we briefly went over the conjugations for the verb "estar.""
"The student did not bring his books from school as I had asked. However, I was prepared for this and had some worksheets and an activity to complete with him. We worked on the articles worksheets first. We went over the articles (how and when to use them), and then he completed the worksheet independently. We then worked on sentence structure I had introduced in a previous session. He did not have any issues completing either of the activities. He easily understands the material, but he just needs to focus and needs to practice more to retain the information."
"The student did not have any homework to discuss this session, but we continued to explore the imperfect and preterit past tenses. These will likely be a big part of his class discussions for awhile in the near future. We did some practice sentences and exercises and discussed some of the pertinent ideas taken from his textbook. I left him some copies of exercises from that same book to work on for this coming week. He is showing progress in vocabulary and the understanding of the differences in these tenses"
"The student had a worksheet for Spanish that we printed out and completed together. Her teacher has the class reviewing regular verb endings. At first, she seemed a little rusty with those, but by the end of the worksheet, she had refreshed her memory quite a bit. I'd recommend that she continue to study those verb endings with the color-coded worksheet. With our extra time, we previewed a long-term assignment that she will have to complete once per trimester. She needs to attend one cultural event and then write a reflection. There are a few option given, but she can also offer alternative suggestions to the teacher. We researched a Day of the Dead fair at Seattle Center that looks like it would be interesting. Again, I would be happy to use one of our tutoring sessions to accompany her. For next week, she should continue to review her old flashcards until she remembers all of her old Spanish vocab."
"The student had another dialog test this week, so we spent the first portion of our session running through simulations of the two different possible topics (both focusing on use of the preterite tense, specifically of "ir" and "hacer"). We then reviewed some irregular verbs in the preterite specific to the "yo" conjugation. After that, we practiced with some of the vocabulary he had. His mother said that he has raised his average to a "A" in Spanish. Overall, he seems to have a pretty good grasp on Spanish at this time. "