Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered some basic pointers such as how to write the date, the different pronouns, and a few random, fun facts about Spanish that I thought they would find interesting. The main topics we covered were how to conjugate ser and estar, the differences between the two, and when to use each one. Both of the students had some difficulty grasping when to use ser and when to use estar, but each made very positive strides and definitely improved throughout the session. Both students were very upbeat about learning a new language and had a great attitude in terms of learning the material. I left them with some homework, to learn the days and the months in Spanish, as well as practice their use of ser and estar. They're both avid learners who I feel will do well with the Spanish language."
"In our session we focused on stem changes, and on vocabulary. Then we worked on conjugating verbs. I had the student conjugate sentences using stem changing verbs and vocabulary words. In total, he wrote about 20 sentences. I feel this was an effective method for him to study and practice stem changes. Next, he made more sentences to describe a picture using the vocabulary we talked about. I suggested he write out each Spanish word and English word in "standards" style to aid in memorization."
"The student and I finished chapter four in the book which was all about foods and how to make nouns and adjectives plural. We focused on speaking and listening today through activities. We moved on to the vocabulary in chapter 5 which is family and description words."
"We continued getting a feel for Spanish pronunciation, verb forms, vocabulary, and those elements that would be most helpful for his job. We explored a bit how verbs are conjugated, what different verb tenses are, and a website that helps with conjugations. We looked at some correspondence and worked at translating it into English. He requested homework so I sent him 4 worksheets."
"-Conjugating regular verbs/some simple phrases. -Pronunciation and correct conjugation of verbs. -I gave him a list of verbs to study and verb charts to memorize so that he can learn to conjugate without checking his notes. -The student seems intelligent."
"Today we reviewed student's chapter vocabulary, reviewing it until he had each word memorized. We then worked on direct object pronouns more me, te, and nos until he understood their usage. I had him do extra practice and translate the DOP exercise, which he is improving. After that, I had him do an extra writing exercise because he said that was his weakest section on his most recent test. He is improving with each lesson."
"We reviewed common dental phrases. I came up with questions and various situations, and they had to respond accordingly. They got more practice with vocabulary and expressions previously learned. I told them to practice 2 or 3 of the phrases we practiced throughout the week."
"Reviewed the basics from previous lessons (introductions, how are you, phrases for grocery store). Numbers through 100. Question words (what, who, how). Days of the week and some routine verbs. Continued working on pronunciation, reading from a vocabulary picture book. His pronunciation has improved!"
"Today we reviewed greetings (formal and informal), questions (quien, quienes, donde, por que, cuando), and saying goodbye. The student did great. He had a pretty good understanding. I sent him the things that we reviewed today plus some extra exercises so he can continue practicing at home. We didn't write much. The idea was to practice more the speaking skill. I included visual support and he did great!"
"We went over preterit and imperfect more (through conversation mostly and a little bit of reading). Next week, I will have a list of words and encourage her to use those words when talking in the past. Overall, she does a good job when talking in the past, there's just certain words in the past that she feels the most comfortable with (era, habia, estaba etc.), so we're trying to expand her comfort level. We also had a long conversation and read a news article, both of which allowed her to learn new vocab. We will continue working on past next time and maybe present perfect"
"In this session, we reviewed two worksheets - one comprehensive and one on the conocer and saber. We also spent a large portion of the session practicing speaking and talking about plans and experiences."
"Great session! The student is enjoying the vocab games and even helped me pick some words for our next session. I will type the new vocab and create a system so he can collect and review the words on his own. In addition to that, we practiced putting sentences together, incorporating new and old vocab and numbers."