Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over 3rd declension adjectives the entire section. He had a worksheet he needed to complete with 3rd declension adjective exercises. The student asked some really great questions, one of which I could not answer and will have to look into. I told him to ask his teacher, because he may know the answer. The student doesn't seem to be struggling with anything right now, but I'd like to keep up the tutoring with him, as it seems rather beneficial. There were a few mistakes made on his part on the worksheet, but overall, he was able to correct himself rather quickly. Last week, his mother texted me to tell me that he won the award for best Latin student in his freshman class, and that is very exciting to me. He has made great progress and he is learning so much!"
"The student had some homework dealing with parsing certain nouns and verbs in context. We didn't have too many to do, but we were able to use a two-pronged approach: looking at the noun's ending to narrow it down (e.g. is this -o ending an ablative or dative noun?), then working through clues in the sentence to confirm (e.g. following a preposition like "A[B]," it's Ablative; with a verb like "DATe," we're dealing with a DATive indirect object). I also referred the student to an online cache of Latin grammar, the syntactic Bible, as it were, which can help her review the oh-so-many uses of each grammatical case. We were really just getting our feet wet with this first meeting, but I have high hopes and expectations for a lot more success as we continue."
"The student's teacher gave him his new Latin book which he will start this year and continue using in Latin II next year. We worked on a review of three worksheets from Chapter 17 in the new text. Two of the pages were looking up and copying vocabulary words, and the third was to write the chart for qui, quae, quod--the Latin relative pronoun--and translate Latin sentences using forms of this new pronoun. We looked at his English work for this week, and it looks like he just has to keep up with his reading in "The Lord of the Flies." He is ready to begin Chapter 4, which is his homework for tonight."
"We did a thorough review for the student's test on Tuesday, including all of the usual test sections -- vocabulary, verb forms, sentence parsing, and translations. I think that the student is well prepared for this test, and with the added bonus that he has still another day to review the material. Every new glance at it serves to refresh his memory. I anticipate a positive report when we meet again on Wednesday!"
"We went over two English to Latin sentences and then went over a review sheet for the student's upcoming exam. She is doing really well with writing her own sentences in Latin. I think her biggest problems are with vocabulary, in that sometimes she mispronounces words which affects her spelling. We will continue to work on this. If she sees a word in Latin, she can produce other forms very easily. Her grammar is very good and she is able to give me correct answers and an explanation for her answer when I ask her questions concerning syntax."
"The session went very well. The student was very happy because she got an A on the test that we studied for last week. Tonight we concentrated on the test she is having on Wednesday. Her test will consist of a short story to read in Latin, answer the question in English, and recognize what tense in the verb and what cases are the word, recognize simple sentence from complex sentence, dependent sentences from independence sentences, and I gave some suggestions on how to recognize them."