Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, the student wanted to focus on the grammar part of studying for her midterm, so we started out by reviewing a few constructions she had forgotten. We talked about the meaning of the partitive genitive and the dative with special verbs, and I explained what these constructions meant and then gave some examples, in English and Latin. Then, we worked on the review packet she received in class for the exam."
"We went through the syntactical ID questions from a recent test - touched on a number of topics, including indirect statement, ablative absolute, and the formation and translation of infinitives."
"This was my first session with the student, and I spent about half of our time determining exactly what level of Latin he was at, the teaching methodology being used in his 8th grade class, and identifying in what areas he was having trouble. In truth, he is very bright: it is not the conceptual aspects of the language that confuse him (like most Latin students), but rather, the elements he must simply learn by rote memorization. For example, he understands what the accusative case denotes and is used for, but he has trouble remembering the different accusative endings for each declension. I suspect this is due to him being far more interested in applying himself to difficult conceptual problems than spending time to memorize a series of endings. Using a whiteboard and getting him to engage actively, we practiced learning our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declension endings in a systematic and orderly fashion. Comparing the endings side by side allowed him to pick up on similarities between the declensions as well as key differences. We did the same process with 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs employing the formula of "root" + "theme vowel" + "tense" + "person and number". He seemed to like this strategy and immediately improved his ability to conjugate. We will continue in this vein for his session next week in addition to working on any difficulties that may arise in new coursework."
"Today the student and I worked on his vocabulary for chapter 23, as he has a quiz tomorrow. We went through all the vocabulary items to the point that he now has everything memorized. Good job today."
"We worked on sight translation studies. The student needs to continue practicing those and studying unfamiliar vocabulary words."
"We reviewed demonstrative pronouns and UNUS NAUTA adjectives that follow a similar rule to some of the demonstrative pronouns. The student is really good at Latin, and I think that her biggest issue with this chapter is memorizing the paradigms. I made sure that she wrote down all the notes on paper so she has them for future study. We also went through a few practice sentences and I gave her some tips to make translating sentences a little easier."