Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on the relative pronoun. First going over some of her class lectures on the pronouns, which her teacher had posted online, and then doing some practice exercises. She had some homework exercises to do; filling in the blanks in sentences that told a story, based on their class reading. With some practice, she did well identifying the correct forms to use."
"We covered a complete overview of Latin verbs, including participles and infinitives. We reviewed the vocab verbs from this latest chapter. Finally, we practiced subordinate clauses and the sequence of tenses."
"We went over the list for his myth test coming up. It seemed like mostly new material for him. We also touched on his writing assignment. I left him with a few strategies for studying the list and gave him direct instructions on having the writing draft done for our next session."
"Today, the student and I focused on practicing translation. I emphasized the necessity of knowing "structural vocabulary," or special "sign-post" words that indicate a type of sentence structure. While translating, I asked her to identify any structural vocabulary, and then indicate what kind of sentence structure she would expect. Overall, her translations were pretty good, though she is still having some trouble distinguishing between purpose clauses and indirect commands. We will continue to review methods for distinguishing between these two types of structures. I'm sending her all of the screenshots from today's lesson so that she can review what we worked on some more on her own."
"In today's session we continued preparing for the student's upcoming test, which is on Friday. We spent most of the session working on Indirect Statement / review of infinitives. His teacher created a study guide that we worked through together- by the end Anthony seemed to have a better grasp of the material and more confidence in his abilities to recognize and translate various types of Indirect statements."
"We covered mostly passives and the use of the subjunctive. I gave him some new ways to look at identifying passive verbs and whom they are affecting. The student is eager to learn and improve and is not afraid to ask questions or voice concerns."
"In preparation for the student's test tomorrow on adverbs, we reviewed the positive, comparative and superlative adjective forms for 1st, 2nd, 3rd dec. adverbs and irregulars. We also reviewed adjective forms in preparation for her test next week. A lot of progress made, and hopefully the test goes well!"
"In our session, the students and I played Simon Says to review Latin body part words, and an association game to review Latin animal sound verbs. They both know their Latin body part vocabulary well and have a lot of fun playing Simon Says in Latin. One of the students did not like it that he couldn't trick us while he was Simon. The other student was more confident with the Latin than she was in our last session, and no longer needed my help when she was Simon. For the next game, I gave them each a sheet of paper with a column labeled "Animal" and a column labeled "Sound." I placed a pile of flashcards with Latin animal sound verbs face down in the middle of the table. We each took turns selecting a flashcard from the pile, writing the Latin verb in the "Sound" column, and then drawing a picture of the corresponding animal in the "Animal" column. They both did well in this exercise."
"Focused on grammar/ reading, demonstrative pronouns, declining nouns/ declension endings, and relative pronouns. Also spent some time going over verb endings."