Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was our first lesson, so in order to gauge how much the student knows already, we practiced simple present tense and vocab recollection. I sent him a worksheet that he can practice on today."
"Today, the student and I walked primarily through vocabulary and pronunciation. I detailed how to pronounce certain vowel and consonant combinations in German. I like how he is always asking questions and trying his best to sound authentic in German. German is not radically different from English, but it definitely does take some time getting used to speaking in German. I suggested that he use a website that is a German-English dictionary with a speaking function that allows users to hear recordings of words. These recordings are submitted by real German speakers, and this will allow him to mimic language authenticity, and over time, he will get the hang of pronunciation. During the next session, we will continue working on pronunciation and vocabulary, as well as some other miscellaneous grammar topics."
"Today, the student and I went on with the book and dug more into cases, going over nominativ and akkusativ, with a quick discussion of what the dative and genitive are. There are some exercises to practice from the book on the nominativ and akkusativ forms of 'the' and 'a.'"
"Today, we continued our lesson over combining sentences by paying special attention to aber, sondern and jedoch. In most cases, the student was confident in when to use jedoch, but would often use sondern in place of aber and vice versa. I took some time to clearly explain the context of both words, as well as compare multiple sentences using each conjunction. With the following activity we did, she chose the correct conjunction more frequently, but we intended to work on the differences in following sessions."
"Today, we talked about how our weeks went and what our plans were for next week. For the next lesson, I will look for some material (a book, story, etc.) that we can read together and do some more exercises in German."
"Today, we worked through numbers up to 100, telling time, and using numbers in $ values. Then, we went through all pronouns and built sentences and questions using forms of to be. The student is trying very hard to learn pronunciation of the words, and she works on all the exercises. She is making good progress. We also had a little game to build a sentence using colors to work on vocabulary."