Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I did a review of all the declensions and cases with the student, and she did very well. She has memorized the declension already, which is amazing! We started on Lesson 16, and the new grammar point is the past perfect or pluperfect tense. I told her how it was formed and how it was translated. She had translated a story, so we went back and she picked out all of the pluperfect verbs, and we retranslated them. She did very well. She has a good sense of putting things in order before she translates."
"Since we didn't meet last week, our time was extended this session. The student's class is now learning verbs beyond the 1st conjugation, to which they have heretofore been confined. In view of this, the bulk of our time was devoted to recognizing verb conjugations (2nd, 3rd, 3rd -io, and 4th) and how their thematic vowels affect their formation. The student seemed to absorb all the information without difficulty. The remainder of the session was spent in reading and reviewing his class notes for the classics component."
"We spent most of the session today translating the last half of the passage "Infelix Dido." The student has been getting not only quicker but more accurate on translations. He easily spotted different noun cases (such as genitive and accusative) and translated them accordingly (i.e. making them possessives or direct objects). After the translation, we worked a bit on adjective and noun agreement, as he had struggled with this on his test. He struggled at first to identify the correct gender endings for adjectives, but after the third example he seemed to be getting the hang of it. I advised him to memorize the genders of all his nouns to make adjective agreement easier. We will continue with these exercises next session as well."