Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I went over "Qui/Quae/Quod" forms. His attitude was positive. I taught a strategy of studying by doing a "with book" self quiz then a "non-book" immediately after. I told the student to spend 15 minutes a day doing this."
"The student had just taken a Latin test, so we spent time today reviewing it and correcting the answers he had missed. He had the entire vocabulary section correct, and most of the translation section, but had difficulty with the grammar section, particularly with noun/adjective pairs. The most challenging questions were when the nouns and adjectives were in different declensions. I encouraged him to really drill his declension endings, as they provide the foundation for being able to translate more complex material (like times tables in math), and for our next session, we will begin by practicing noun and adjective pairs. We spent the next half of the session reviewing the student's Chapter 12 vocabulary words for a quiz tomorrow. He knew most of the words without having to look them up, and we bolded the ones that he needed to review some more. We also practiced identifying the conjugations and declensions of each verb, noun, and adjective. I have definitely seen progress in this area, and I know that with just a little more memorization, he will feel more confident with the grammar."
"I had pulled some National Latin exams to use for practice, which was fortuitous, since the student is taking it this week and it gave us a chance for her to review and to get used to the test format. I had also pulled some questions on the relative pronoun, which she is just starting. We reviewed what a relative clause looks like in English and what it looks like in Latin and what an antecedent is and how it determines the number and gender of the relative pronoun. We then reviewed relative clauses to see how the pronoun has its own case and she did very well with finding antecedents and deciding the case, number and gender of relative pronouns. As she is still memorizing the paradigm, she referred to the chart, but she got almost all of the correct. I asked her to email me to let me know how her report goes and to let me know if she has questions about anything this week."