Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over second declension neuter nouns as well as adjectives, and reviewed our other declensions. We also went over uses of some Latin prepositions, and which cases go with which prepositions. Then we translated some examples from the student's textbook of Latin sentences. I suggested that it might be a good idea to go over some example English to Latin sentences, which she agreed to, although she won't be tested on it in class, because English to Latin sentences show good mastery of Latin skills. After we went through the first example she agreed that it was a valuable way to reinforce the skills she just learned. She struggled with the English to Latin examples a little bit, which was fine with because they are fairly difficult, but she was successfully able to work through them and reason out how to properly translate the examples."
"The student had to translate a story for homework. It was certainly challenging because it required comfortable knowledge in everything they'd learned up until that point, and some things they hadn't (i.e. 5th declension nouns). He knows everything he needed to know, although not as comfortably as he could with consistent review. We completed the first 2 paragraphs (there were 2 or 3 left) and I left him with some tips to help him in my absence: 1 - look for the subject; 2 - translate all the words before arranging them in a particular order; and 3 - pay close attention to cases."
"Today the student and I covered focused on reviewing grammar from the past few weeks, namely, the various types of pronouns. He needs to review the charts for these pronouns, memorize them, and he should complete chapters 22 and 24 in his book."
"This session we worked on translation and translation strategy--still using the story "The Man and his Idol." The student was struggling to identify verb tenses and translate verbs correctly, so we also worked on verbs, conjugating and translating a verb in all its tenses in the active voice. I sent him a verb conjugation review tool to practice with on his own. He got an 80 on his last exam, an improvement from his previous test."
"The student had just taken his Chapter 5 test, which he felt had gone well. We spent a bit of time talking about what had been covered on the test, and then decided to look ahead to what he would be covering in Chapter 6. This chapter introduced the final aspect of nouns and adjectives: grammatical gender. He and I talked through what this means, and worked on some examples of noun-adjective agreement. We also translated the first few paragraphs of the Ecce Romani story, while I pointed out salient features. To finish our lesson, we talked a bit about Roman slavery, a topic which his textbook touched on briefly."
"We went over the student's translation passage and worksheet. He has a verb quiz coming up which I'm 100% sure he is going to ace. We went over verb and noun terminology. I had him deconstruct and construct verbs and nouns. I am pushing him very hard, but that is because I know he has so much potential. I let him know this because I did not want him feeling as if it was too much. He already has an amazing grasp of the core concepts, so now I want to build that up as much as possible. He has a lot of talent with Latin, and I want to keep pushing him."