Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We decided to do some translation from the textbook, which is always my favorite way to work on students' Latin anyway. We started up the next section of the running story in their textbook, currently on Jason and the Argonauts. The passage gave the chance to review some grammar, as I again reminded her of how indirect statements work, since quite a few of them showed up. We broke down the sentences as usual, marking off prepositional phrases and subordinate clauses to get down to the basic structure of the sentence."
"This session we continued to study for the student's upcoming midterm exam. We reviewed the grammatical function of "dum clauses," and we translated several sample dum clause sentences. We also reviewed verb conjugations and tenses; we practiced creating synopses using verbs from Ecce Romani chapter 16. This session she was mostly struggling to understand how to translate the dum clause/ subordinate clause verb. Extra practice: just studying for her upcoming exam!"
"The student and I have begun our review of 2nd year Latin in anticipation of his midterm. We began with nouns (identifying what declension a noun belonged in, giving case endings and solidifying his understanding of the neuter gender) and then moved on to verbs (providing theme vowels for each conjugation, determining which principal part is used to make certain verb tenses and going over personal endings). We then moved on to demonstrative pronoun forms and continued working with verbs with an exercise where I gave the analysis of the verb (e.g. 3rd person plural perfect active) and he would give me the Latin form. We finished by working through a number of Latin sentences. I was genuinely impressed with how much his translating has improved and purposely gave him sentences I have given him in past sessions to see if his translating came easier with more sessions under his belt. His mother also informed me that he received an A on his last test which is fantastic news."
"To begin our session we established short- and long-term goals: Short-term goal: Latin test this coming Tuesday Long-term goal: Remediate Latin material in anticipation of final exam and Latin 2 There were no specific scores or grades to note progress this time, but we have an exam on Tuesday, which will help us establish a good benchmark for future progress. I will emphasize throughout our tutoring sessions to make sure the student is learning both Latin and English grammar, which is one the main benefits of studying Latin. Specifically today I taught him the Imperative Mood (positive and negative) and we went over quite a few examples and translations. We also did extensive work on the personal pronoun (ego, tu, is/ea/id, nos, vos, ei/eae/ea), practicing the full declension of them and their use. We did several translations based on the pronouns. I gave him a basic explanation of possessive adjectives (meus, tuus, suus). I will be emailing some practice problems/sentences for him later tonight that he will work on before our next meeting (Monday). The student is clearly committed to doing better in Latin, and he has a positive attitude. This is a very helpful thing! Latin is a challenging language that forces students to think in different ways from what they are used to. His attitude will be a great help to his progress. I'm looking forward to working with him and getting his Latin grade up."
"Read through Book 1, chapter 28 of the students reading assignment; discussed grammatical constructions including indirect command and ablative absolute."
"The student and I began by reviewing the conjugations and previous vocabulary. We then worked on new vocabulary, talking once again about the history behind each word and working with some example sentences. He repeated the words to himself five times each to engage his aural memory and wrote them to exercise his kinesthetic memory. We then talked about how some Harry Potter spells are derived from the Latin. Good work! We are now done learning vocabulary for this unit and next week we'll put this knowledge to use, working with complex sentences."