Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's lesson focused entirely on the subject of the student's upcoming Spanish quiz - ser vs estar. I began by reviewing the conjugations of ser and estar and then testing him on them with various pronouns. Next, I reviewed and contrasted the major uses of each verb and then tested him on those uses with various verbal examples and fill-in-the-blank sentences. He seemed to understand this material quite readily and had little difficult with it. Furthermore, his general fluency with pronouns and conjugations in general has been improving. I will continue to work on these broad skills in the future with him. Also, now that he's covered ser and estar for the first time, I intend to return to the topic regularly to ensure he never loses familiarity with it, as it is such an important topic to cover."
"The student and I worked on adjectives and adjective agreement as well as the correct placement of these. We also reviewed nationalities vocabulary and using all of this with the preterite and imperfect tense. She did really well at understanding new material and showed a good understanding of ser and estar in the imperfect tense."
"Today we practiced irregular verb conjugations in the subjunctive. We clarified some special letter change rules by phonetic differentiation. He took 5 quizzes, I gave him feedback, and he corrected his own mistakes."
"Today the goal was to prepare for a test that the student will have tomorrow. There were various topics to cover, specifically questions the student must answer using the correct form of the verbs. She responded correctly to almost every one them, and has been progressing with each assessment. I noticed that she has gained confidence, self corrects, and makes an effort to respond in the correct verb form better than she had in the past. At this point, if she continues to make the efforts that she has been making, she will become more comfortable with taking tests in Spanish. She has also improved her penmanship which I have been asking her to do all along."
"The student and I went over some reading and comprehension exercises that she had reviewed in class. She was having a bit of trouble with reading comprehension as she wasn't very familiar with some of the terms, but she came to familiarize herself with them more once we went over the passages and translated sentences to English. We covered the regular conjugations of -ar, -er, and -ir verbs in the imperfect, as well as the 3 irregular verbs. She did really well towards the second half of the session; she was able to fill in blanks and conjugate verbs correctly. With more practice and repetition, she will feel more comfortable with the imperfect tense."
"We had a good session. We briefly discussed Spanish, but focused mainly on a WWI project for the student's history class. He worked hard for the entire time and had prepared for the project well by taking good notes in class."