Tutor profile: Analise N.
Subject: SAT II Spanish
What is the best way to study for the SAT subject test for Spanish?
Being confident in your Spanish skills is the best way to do well on this test. The three main skillsets needed for this test are writing comprehension, reading comprehension, and vocabulary knowledge. If you choose the test with the listening, then that is another skillset needed. One way to learn new words and get used to hearing native speakers speak Spanish is by watching tv shows or movies in Spanish and have subtitles set on English so you can practice translating on-the-spot. You could practice your writing skills by getting a practice book and writing essays based on the suggested topics. This book could also help your reading comprehension by having activities that would have you read a passage and then answer questions about it. These practice books often have listening activities that would have you listen to someone speak for a few minutes and answer some questions. This can help you be able to focus on listening to someone speak and focus on important topics mentionedIn addition, you can sign up for the "Spanish word of the day" from the website "spanishdict.com," a Spanish dictionary website, so you can learn new vocabulary words each day in an easy way.
What is the difference between the preterite and imperfect past tenses?
These two tenses both represent the past, but in different ways. I like to say that the preterite tense is the specific tense, while the imperfect tense is the vague tense. The preterite tense is characterized by single actions, interruptions, the beginning or end of an action, and the arrival or departure of someone. These characterizations allow you to pinpoint when something happened in the past and can be determined by indicators. Indicators are essentially trigger words that point you in the direction of using one tense over another. A few indicators for the preterite tense include ayer, anteayer, and de repente. In opposition, the imperfect tense indicates that something happened in the past in a more general sense. The imperfect tense is used to denote something that happened frequently in the past (something habitual), repetition, the weather, the time, emotion, and to describe something happening in the past. Indicators include cada día, frecuentemente, and muchas veces.
Subject: Study Skills
How should I study for my test next week?
You should study a little bit every day, in order to give yourself enough time to master the material. Studying this way is vital for your long term memory because you won't overwhelm yourself with too much information. Additionally, the repetition is important in how much information you retain. You should focus on studying any homework, assignments, and classwork completed for the class in order to be well prepared for your exam.
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